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The Lateral Thinking Contest
« on: December 09, 2007, 07:54:33 pm »
You all know the old lateral thinking puzzles, where somebody comes with a situation, and then people ask questions that is answered by yes, no or irrelevant. Like, for example, the story of the man that is found in the middle of the field, dead and clutching a broken match. What has happened?

(the answer is that the man was in a sinking balloon and drew the short straw on who had to jump out to save everyone else)

This is not what this thread is about. It is, however, similar. In the normal puzzle games, questions are asked. In this thread, a situation is described, and you are all going to come up with a way that this could have happened. Points are given to people who come up with simple and amusing solutions, and if the case is a standard lateral thinking puzzle, the standard answer is not applicable.

After some time, really just chosen by the forumer who proposed the situation, this person picks the answer he finds the best, using its simplicity and amusingness and other criteria. The person picked comes up with a new situation. If the winner does not come up with a new situation within 24 hours of having been declared a winner, it's free for all to post a new situation until a situation has been posted. The first situation posted in such a case will be the new one.

Example:

Situation: Every day, a man takes the elevator down from his apartment in the 20th story of a tall building. When he comes home, he takes the elevator up to the 17th floor, and walks the last 3 floors up to his apartment, except when it's raining, in which case he will take the elevator all the way up. Why is this?

(standard answer: He's a short person, and can't reach the elevator button. However, when it's raining, he has his umbrella)

Possible solution: He takes the last few stairs as excersise. However, these stairs are on the outside of the building, and so whenever it's raining, he just takes the elevator all the way up.

Okay, so, here's the first situation:

One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How come?
(pretty classical one)
« Last Edit: December 09, 2007, 08:12:05 pm by Torp v2.0 »
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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2007, 07:58:50 pm »
Foetal time travel.

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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2007, 08:06:25 pm »
Good start. Simple and it made me smile.

Not a winner yet. Let more people come up with solutions first.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2007, 08:08:46 pm by Torp v2.0 »
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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2007, 08:10:42 pm »
To give everyone time to get ready for MORE PARTY TIEM!

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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2007, 08:15:34 pm »
Oldest one born at 23.59 PM 28th february and other one 0.01 AM on 1st march,
And this year's a leap year.

EDIT: Oh, I think I should READ before I post next time, only read the question
There's nothing funny about this  ::)
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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2007, 08:19:35 pm »
SjuHuvudHöns: That is the standard answer for the situation, and as such not applicable.

Pete: Yeah! Party Time! ;D
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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2007, 08:26:57 pm »
Ah well, I'll try a real one now. (After I read what this topic is about   :-[)

The mother was too tired after the first one, and decided to take a day off.
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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2007, 08:38:33 pm »
1) The mother's womb was enormous. It took 5 days to deliver the first child, and the second one an addition 2 days.

2) Terry's NOT her twin. Nor her brother. That would explain why Terry was the only black member of the family.

3) Kerry IS Terry, and uses her alter-ego to get more presents from her parents.

4) There was a time-warp involved. I dunno. It's complicated and sciencey.

5) Anti-christ. It's the ONLY option.

Man, I suck at this.
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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2007, 08:43:10 pm »
Ah well, I'll try a real one now. (After I read what this topic is about   :-[)

The mother was too tired after the first one, and decided to take a day off.

How come it's the older twin that celebrates last, then?

Also, SpeedD, you don't suck at it. You did basically steal Fiindil's suggestion for one of yours, though. Thief!

Also, see comment on SHH about your numbwer 1.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2007, 08:44:41 pm by Torp v2.0 »
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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2007, 08:46:31 pm »
Okay, I think I better shut up  now  :-X. I just can't read texts like that without losing my attention and taking care of every detail   :P

And SpeedD, I'm the one who sucks at this ;)
You got some pretty good ones there   :D
« Last Edit: December 09, 2007, 08:55:41 pm by SjuHuvudHöns »
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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2007, 09:07:22 pm »
"What I felt was turned, in the tempest forged to hate. My soul I disconnected, and called out the Lightbringer to the gate."

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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2007, 09:24:20 pm »
Terry? Kerry? More like Ktrery, ancient being which slumbers in Rl'yeh.
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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2007, 09:27:58 pm »
Terry is a liar.

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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2007, 09:31:29 pm »
THEY JUST LIKE TO FUCK WITH OUR HEADS!
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Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2007, 09:35:44 pm »
he celebrated it right? doesnt mean it actually WAS his birthday? *shrug*