Mental Floss 13







The answer to last 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?

A: 14. One cut goes through the cake horizontally and three across the top are made forming a triangle at centre.
This week’s challenge is.
Q: Professor Frink was trekking through a remote jungle when captured by logic-loving cannibals. He was brought before the Chief and told, “You may now speak your last words. If your statement is true, then we will burn you at the stake. If your statement is false, we will boil you in oil.” The Professor thought for a moment then made his statement. Confounded, the cannibals realised they could do nothing but let him go. What did he say?

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The answer to this challenge will appear along with the next Mental Floss 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.

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