Mental Floss 12







The answer to last week’s Lateral Thinking challenge was. Q: A man hijacks an aircraft transporting both passengers and valuable cargo. After taking the cargo, the man demands two parachutes, puts one of them on and then jumps leaving the other behind. Why did he ask for two?

A: If the officials thought he was jumping with a hostage they would not be tempted to sabotage one of the parachutes.

This week’s challenge is.

Q: At a recent birthday party, Jo challenged the formidable intellect of Rupert to cut the birthday cake into the maximum number of pieces possible, using only 4 straight cuts. With little ado Rupert picked up the knife and did so. How many pieces did he manage to cut it into and how?

For those wanting to earn to think more laterally at work and in private life join us for our Six Thinking Hats Training on Dec 6.

The answer to this along with a new Mental Floss will appear next week.




Good Luck!

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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.

Frank has worked across Australia, South East Asia, China, the Middle East and Africa where he has trained and facilitated multiple thinking methods 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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