Mental Floss 5





Last week’s thinking challenge was … Q: An aircraft crashed and every single person on board died. Yet … two people do survive. How could this be? 

A: The two that survived were married (i.e. not single).

This week’s mental floss poses a different type of challenge, one where the identification and reinterpretation of a word will not assist! This one is more of a pure logic one.

An Arab Sheikh tells his two sons that they must race their two camels to a distant city to see who will inherit his fortune. The one whose camel arrives last will win. The brothers, after wandering aimlessly for days, ask a wise man for advice. After hearing his advice they jump on the camels and race as fast as they can to their destination. What did he tell them?

The answer will appear next week along with a new thinking challenge.




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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Comments (2)

  1. James De Vere :

    Each has two camels so the one camel that comes last from the first arriving pair wins. The shiek’s son who arrives first but his second camel comes last wins his father’s inheritance.

  2. Ken Tucknott :

    The wise man told them to swap camels & race to the destination & therefore the first to arrive would inherit the father’s fortune & put everyone & the camels out of their misery!


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