Mental Floss 104




The answer to last week’s challenge is Q: One family wants to get through a tunnel at night. Dad can make it in 1 minute, mom in 2 minutes, son in 4 minutes and daughter in 5 minutes. Unfortunately, not more than two people can go through the narrow tunnel at one time, moving at the speed of the slower one. They have only one torch and it only has enough light left for 12 minutes. The tunnel is too dangerous to cross without a torch. How can they all cross the tunnel in 12 minutes?

A: Let: Dad = F (1), Mom = M (2), Son = S (4), Daughter = D (5)    This is how they cross the tunnel:   F,M → (2), ← F (1), S,D → (5), ← M (2), F,M → (2)

This week’s thinking challenge is …

Q: A completely naked man robs a kiosk and then runs off into the crowd. The police are unable to find him and all of the witnesses have trouble describing him. Why?

The answer along with a new challenge, next week.

Have a great 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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