Creative Thinking


Literal Minded

We understand that you can't transform people who don't have internal drive and desire to create.
But we also know it doesn't work to urge people to think outside the box without giving them the tools to climb out.

- Laurie Dunnavant

Source: Funny Times

I Understand 

"I understand where you're coming from, and its a big ask," the literary editor explained, "but we're very much state-of-the-art here, and even though I hear what you're saying, I think at this particular point in time we should be up at the sharp end, getting our heads around the problem and pushing the envelope, so that we can get this show on the road, tread the thin blue line and, at the end of the day, start talking serious money."

Source: Barbara Newburgh, Christchurch as quoted in Dr Brian Edwards' Top of the Morning Worst First Sentence of a Novel Competition, 1999

A Lot on My Mind

Source: Funny Times October 2000

Lateral Minded

You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:

bulletAn old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
bulletAn old friend who once saved your life.
bulletThe perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?

Think before you continue reading.  This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

bulletYou could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first.
bulletOr you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.
bulletHowever, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.

The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer.  He simply answered:

I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital.  I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.  Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."

HOWEVER, the correct answer is:

bulletRun the old lady over and put her out of her misery,
bullethave sex with the perfect partner on the hood of the car,
bulletthen drive off with the old friend for a few beers.

The Science of Complexity

A Rube Goldberg machine made of animated tiles, with hundreds of blue balls moving in time to music from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.  Max Goldberg, creator of the site You're the Man Now, Dog, says that this is their most viewed title ever.  He says it was created by the website Something Awful – "They had 100 people make 1-inch tiles, and the only rule was that a ball had to enter at a certain place and exit at another."

It apparently worked....



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