Mental Floss 80





The answer to last week’s challenge is Q: Six drinking glasses stand in a row, alternating between full and empty. By handling only one glass, what can you do to end up with the first three glasses full and the second three empty?

A: Pick up the full glass in the 5th position, pour it into the second glass then place it back in the 5th position.

This week’s lateral thinking challenge is.

Q: Three spiders named Mr Eight, Mr. Nine & Mr Ten are crawling on an activity board in a Government Department. One spider has 8 legs, one has 9 and the other has 10. “I think it’s interesting..” says Mr Ten, “..that none of us have the same number of legs as our names would suggest.” “Who the heck cares?” replies the spider with 9 legs. How many legs does Mr Nine have ?

The answer along with a new 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.

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.

Frank believes strongly that if we can improve the way we think, the actions that follow also improve.


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