Mental Floss 62

 

 

 

 

The answer to last week’s question is. Q: Why did a famous statesman and world leader stand up in front of a large crowd and say, very seriously “I am a jam doughnut”?

A: Pres J.F.Kennedy said this whilst trying express solidarity with the people on a trip to Berlin by saying in German “Ich bin ein Berliner”. It was not the ideal phrase since “ein Berliner” in common usage did not mean an inhabitant of Berlin, rather a jam doughnut.

This week’s lateral challenge is a geographical one.

Q: One of the world’s capital cities spends far less (both in total and as a proportion of its budget) than other capital cities on a service which is usually considered absolutely essential. What city is this and why?

The answer to this along with a new challenge next week.

Have a good weekend!

 

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Frank Connolly is the Principal of “Think Quick”, a business that adds value through thinking differently. His work history covers all sectors and includes initiatives that have yielded bottom line benefit in the 10’s of millions of dollars.

Current clients range from Exxon-Mobil to Government Depts within Australia to Global NGO’s.

Much of his working life has been split between Australia, the South Pacific and Asia where he has trained and facilitated Lateral Thinking techniques, and been acknowledged by Edward de Bono as one of the foremost practitioners of the de Bono thinking methods worldwide.

Frank believes strongly that if we can improve the way we think, the actions that follow also improve.

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