Mental Floss 98

 

 

 

The answer to last week’s challenge is Q: After teaching his class all about roman numerals (X=10, IX=9 and so on) the teacher asked his class to draw a single continuous line and turn IX into 6. The only stipulation the teacher made was that the pen could not be lifted from the paper until the line was complete. Can you do it?

A: Draw an S in front of the IX and it spells SIX. (The line need not be straight).

This week’s thinking challenge is …

Q: You are on an island in the middle of a lake. The lake is in a remote part of the country and there has never been a bridge connecting the island to the mainland. Every day a tractor and wagon gives hay rides around the island. Puzzled as to how the tractor had gotten onto the island, you ask around and find out that the tractor was not transported to the island by boat or by air. Nor was it built on the island. Can you explain how the tractor got there?

 

We are pleased to announce that we have now locked in our next Six Thinking Hats public training session for Melbourne on July 26.

Registration details Here.

 

The answer to today’s “mental floss” will appear next week along with a new thinking challenge.

Enjoy the 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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