Mental Floss 8





The answer to last week’s lateral thinking challenge. Q: Jason is lying dead. He has a metal bar across his back and some food in front of him. How did he die?

A: Jason is a mouse caught in a mouse trap.

Often is it is simply the ability to look at things from different perspectives that allows for a different answer to fall into one’s lap. The ability routinely shift perspective to see multiple possibilities is too often one lacking in business and Government. For those wanting to learn how to do so and how to think laterally,  join us for our Six Thinking Hats® training this December in Melbourne and walk away with powerful thinking tools to improve both your business and personal lives.

This week’s Mental Floss challenge is:

Q: A woman had two sons who were born at the same hour of the same day of the same year, but they were not twins. How could this be?

The answer will appear with next week’s lateral 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.

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 (3)

  1. Carol Wood Rich :

    One son was born at 0900 on a Monday in January. Her second son was born at 0900 on a Monday in December of the same year.
    The twist is the clue asked for a Day, rather than date.

  2. Frank Connolly :

    Only the most calculating and devious of minds could have come up with such a response. Looking for something less conniving though ….

  3. James De Vere :

    They were conjoined


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