Mental Floss 50







The answer to last week’s challenge is. Q: A female cat had three kittens, Mitzi, Pritzi and Kitzi. What is the Mother’s name.

A: There was no question posed last week given there was no question mark. For those requiring closure however, the Mother’s name is “What”.

This week’s lateral thinking challenge is.

Q: There are three sealed jars of apples. The first jar contains sour apples, the second contains sweet apples and the third contains a combination of both. The problem is, the labels on the jars are wrong. With only one taste test allowed how can you tell what’s in each jar?

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

Speaking of challenging thinking and becoming better equipped to address our organisational challenges … The Six Thinking Hats is of the most powerful methods used that enables users to see and appreciate different perspectives and move beyond their habitual thinking styles.

We will be conducting training in the Six Thinking Hats methods in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra in Aug, Sept & Oct.  These sessions are ideal for facilitators, consultants, managers or anyone wishing to improve their thinking and the thinking of those around them. Whilst in Sydney we will also be conducting our accredited train-the-trainer sessions for those wishing to add to their strategy, facilitation and training offerings.

All course and registration details can be found in the links below.

Melbourne, Six Thinking Hats Training – Aug 31
Sydney, Six Thinking Hats Training – Sept 5
Sydney, Six Thinking Hats Certifications for New Trainers – Sept 5, 6 & 7
Canberra, Six Thinking Hats Training – Oct 17
Canberra, Six Thinking Hats Certifications for New Trainers – Oct 17, 18 & 19


Have a great weekend!


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About the Author

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.

Comments (1)

  1. James De Vere :

    Open one jar and taste it. If it sweet then you can tell the other two apart just by looking at the jars – a mixed jar will be obvious. The remaining jar is either sweet or sour depending.


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