Mental Floss 26








The answer to last week’s question is. Q: Two hitch-hikers were waiting for a lift, watching for passing cars. One was facing east toward the mountains, and the other facing west toward the sea. “You’re looking a bit rough this morning”, said one to the other without changing direction. How could they tell?

A: They were facing each other as they thumbed for lifts.

This week’s challenge is.

Q: A vinyl record measures 32 cm across. There is a 1 cm margin around the edge and a centre label that measures 10 cm across. There are 30 grooves per/cm. How far does the needle have to travel if the record is played from start to finish?

The answer, along with another lateral challenge, next week …

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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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