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Title: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 on December 09, 2007, 07:54:33 pm
You all know the old lateral thinking (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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)
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Smeagol on December 09, 2007, 07:58:50 pm
Foetal time travel.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 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.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Pete on December 09, 2007, 08:10:42 pm
To give everyone time to get ready for MORE PARTY TIEM!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SjuHuvudHöns 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  ::)
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 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
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SjuHuvudHöns 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.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SpeedD 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.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 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.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SjuHuvudHöns 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
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SpeedD on December 09, 2007, 09:07:22 pm
Thief!

<.<

>.>

So?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: L'homme magique on December 09, 2007, 09:24:20 pm
Terry? Kerry? More like Ktrery, ancient being which slumbers in Rl'yeh.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Laser.T on December 09, 2007, 09:27:58 pm
Terry is a liar.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: gaijin on December 09, 2007, 09:31:29 pm
THEY JUST LIKE TO FUCK WITH OUR HEADS!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lysix on December 09, 2007, 09:35:44 pm
he celebrated it right? doesnt mean it actually WAS his birthday? *shrug*
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 on December 09, 2007, 09:36:30 pm
Good thinking, Lysander. Good thinking.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Laser.T on December 09, 2007, 10:18:57 pm
If they were two-sperm twins (rather than split-eggs twins - I forget the terms) then maybe Terry was the sperm that penetrated the egg a moment before the other, thus making him technically older even if he came out of his mum after his sister.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: ~futilite~ on December 09, 2007, 10:27:04 pm
I like your idea, Laser.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: L'homme magique on December 09, 2007, 10:39:39 pm
Quote
If they were two-sperm twins (rather than split-eggs twins - I forget the terms)
fraternal
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lexx on December 09, 2007, 10:52:53 pm
They were born on a ship traveling faster than light. So days would pass on the outside, but only a few hours on the inside. Or something. I don't know. What are we doing again? Who am I?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lysix on December 09, 2007, 10:55:19 pm
Who am I?

your name is benjamin peterson. you're a butler for the granger family living in buckinghamshire.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Chronologix on December 09, 2007, 11:10:17 pm
They were born on a ship traveling faster than light. So days would pass on the outside, but only a few hours on the inside. Or something. I don't know. What are we doing again? Who am I?

wouldn't traveling at the speed of light just increase the distance you travel? if you travel at walking speed for 5 seconds you dont get too far, but if you travel at the speed of light for 5 seconds you go a much larger distance, but it still only takes 5 seconds.

As for the original question, i was gonna say pretty much the same thing as Lysander, where the info in hte question never implied that the celebration actually took place on her birthday. or his.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: CrunchyLizard on December 09, 2007, 11:22:11 pm
Terry was too drunk to participate in the first celebration, so he had to wait two days to get sober before he could partay hard *again*.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lexx on December 09, 2007, 11:24:04 pm
Dunno. The almighty Stargate Atlantis, absolute authority on all things science, has taught me that ships traveling at or near the speed of light by conventional means experience very little time on the inside, but thousands of years could pass on the outside (time dilation).

So if a set of twins were born (cervix dilation) within hours of each other on the ship traveling at light speed, on the outside days, months, even years could have passed.

How far you travel is irrelevant in that context.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 on December 09, 2007, 11:35:57 pm
Okay, I have picked two winners.

A suggestion not mentioned is the use of two different calendars with two days difference.

However, the two that I've picked (yes, I picked two, because I liked them both as much) are:

Foetal time travel.

and

he celebrated it right? doesnt mean it actually WAS his birthday? *shrug*

Now, it's a race between Lysander and Fiindil to post a new thingy.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Gravehill on December 10, 2007, 01:02:23 am
I'm like that older brother... Came late to the parties. This sounds really funny however, can't wait the new riddles! Thanks Torp for this idea, I think that this might become new Forum Classic.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lysix on December 10, 2007, 01:37:13 am
easy one, because im not too good at these things.

six eggs in a basket.
six people each take one egg.
theres one egg left in the basket. how?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: evilcandybag on December 10, 2007, 01:44:45 am
(http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/9607/fatcateggsfc6.jpg)
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Smeagol on December 10, 2007, 01:50:02 am
easy one, because im not too good at these things.

six eggs in a basket.
six people each take one egg.
theres one egg left in the basket. how?


5 people each take an egg from the basket, and the sixth person, being drunk and violent, steals person three's egg.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SpeedD on December 10, 2007, 01:53:17 am
That last one wasn't an egg. o.o
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 10, 2007, 01:54:12 am
easy one, because im not too good at these things.

six eggs in a basket.
six people each take one egg.
theres one egg left in the basket. how?


5 people each take an egg from the basket, and the sixth person, being drunk and violent, steals person three's egg.
I didn't sshteal yourr egg.., uhh. honest!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Chronologix on December 10, 2007, 02:17:54 am
could a person take an egg then put it back into the basket? maybe the first person didn't want it and returned it :P
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Crazywater on December 10, 2007, 02:21:35 am
I think the standard answer on this is that the last person thinks "Meh, no one wants the basket? I'll take it then, too..."
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lysix on December 10, 2007, 02:23:05 am
I think the standard answer on this is that the last person thinks "Meh, no one wants the basket? I'll take it then, too..."

bingo. the last person takes the basket with the last egg in it.
YOUR GO YOUR GO
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 on December 10, 2007, 09:31:42 am
This, of course, is a misunderstanding of the rules. It's not meant for coming with standard lateral thinking puzzles and letting people find the standard answer, it's for having people come up with completely different answers to these riddles, or completely new seemingly impossible or strange situations.

Crazywater, when you carry on, do remember this.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Laser.T on December 10, 2007, 12:33:10 pm
Magic Egg Dispenser! Now available at Toys'R'Us this Christmas.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Cerapter on December 10, 2007, 12:54:19 pm
I was going to go with "nobody took their eggs from the basket in the first place, and the only reason only one is left is because it ate the others".
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lysix on December 10, 2007, 03:55:07 pm
This, of course, is a misunderstanding of the rules. It's not meant for coming with standard lateral thinking puzzles and letting people find the standard answer, it's for having people come up with completely different answers to these riddles, or completely new seemingly impossible or strange situations.

Crazywater, when you carry on, do remember this.

ohhhh, sorry. :)
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Crazywater on December 10, 2007, 05:28:09 pm
Well, you are free to chose someone else then.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Gravehill on December 10, 2007, 07:27:07 pm
World is a big basket.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: MDX on December 11, 2007, 08:14:00 pm
We could just keep it going.


Maybe the 6th egg stayed in the basket, i mean, you only said that each one takes an egg, you didn't say they were all from the basket.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 12, 2007, 12:29:10 am
That's too 'outside the box' for me. Next thing you know it's going to be pidgeons bombing their eggs in the basket just to compensate with aliens wanting eggs too.

Hell, im out.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: WereVolvo on December 12, 2007, 01:29:18 am
I still think Fiindil's answer is the best one:

easy one, because im not too good at these things.

six eggs in a basket.
six people each take one egg.
theres one egg left in the basket. how?


5 people each take an egg from the basket, and the sixth person, being drunk and violent, steals person three's egg.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Smeagol on December 12, 2007, 06:41:29 pm
What can I say? I'm good.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 12, 2007, 06:51:56 pm
Next question!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: MDX on December 12, 2007, 07:07:52 pm
So any of us can decide who wins each one? awesome! I thought we had to wait on lysanders answer.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lysix on December 12, 2007, 07:15:45 pm
i misunderstood the rules so my decision didn't count :)
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Smeagol on December 12, 2007, 10:12:24 pm
So Talhoffer's does instead?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 on December 12, 2007, 11:37:48 pm
So any of us can decide who wins each one? awesome! I thought we had to wait on lysanders answer.

No, but time is up. Let anybody post a new riddle.

Actually, since this thread was made for my amusement, and I'm the guy posting here now, and Fiindil did share the win of the first contest, I say Go Fiindil, Go!!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Smeagol on December 13, 2007, 07:56:23 pm
A man walks into a bar and orders a bowl of albatross soup. He takes one bite, then walks into the bathroom and kills himself. Why?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SpeedD on December 13, 2007, 08:01:23 pm
Mind control soup.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 on December 13, 2007, 08:06:28 pm
Well, obviously, he tasted the presence of, or was told that the food had been poisoned with, a very potent, fast-working and extremely agonizing neurotoxin, and was already feeling the onset of the toxin. Instead of suffering an inevitable and horrific death, he went and shot himself.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: ~futilite~ on December 13, 2007, 08:30:55 pm
The man wanted to taste albatross soup once in his life, so he did it this day, right before killing himself.
And the reason why he only takes one bite is of course, that he doesn't like the soup.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Cerapter on December 13, 2007, 09:04:55 pm
Right after taking that one bite, he looks back down into the soup and spots the eye of the albatross. In the matter of nanoseconds, his mind is imprinted with the life the albatross had led. As a matter of fact, it'd been a horrible and tragic life, and at last the albatross had intentionally flown into a man-made trap. The man is unable to cope with this and takes his own life at the nearest abundance of water, to heed the memory of ol' Billie Albatross.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Gravehill on December 13, 2007, 10:23:58 pm
Man ate albatross soup and then he realized something in moment of religious enlightement. Forever spinning cycle of life and reincarnation has lead him to situation where he had eaten himself, reincarnated as albatross. When he realized that he knew that he was already dead. And when you're dead and reincarnated only to be killed and fed as soup to yourself - there really ain't bright sides in future in that scenario. One has to try to see past albatross life, really.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lexx on December 13, 2007, 11:10:09 pm
He was an awesomely strict vegetarian. 
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Laser.T on December 13, 2007, 11:16:33 pm
The albatross's soul slipped into him. Upon reawakening it discovered itself to be a human. Scared and confused, it waddled into the bathroom (not intentionally, it just waddled somewhere in shock) and caught the sight of itself in the mirror. It tried to flap its arms and ends up smashing a mirror, a washbasin and of course, his arms. The ensuing blood-loss leads to the painful slow demise of the albatross-man.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Moheeheeko on December 13, 2007, 11:18:30 pm
the soup was so bad, he could not live another minute with the awful taste in his mouth
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lysix on December 13, 2007, 11:44:50 pm
he was going to kill himself regardless of whatever the daily special soup was.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SpeedD on December 13, 2007, 11:53:21 pm
He made a bet with his flat mate, Jimmy, that he could eat a whole bowl of albatross soup; and should he not be able to, he would have to promptly swallow a urinal cake whole.

Unfortunately, for him, albatross soup is horrendously bad.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lysix on December 13, 2007, 11:58:33 pm
The man was previously in a survival situation and lost at sea. While incapacitated from his injuries, he was kept alive by the other survivors by eating what they told him was "albatross soup". The soup he ordered at the restaurant tasted completely different and it was at this moment that he concluded that the soup he had previously eaten while stranded was not made with flesh of an albatross. The only other meat available during their survival situation, human flesh—corpse or otherwise, must have been used for the soup. Confronted with this revelation, he commits suicide. A variation is that his best friend may have been among those who were also injured and sacrificed (or murdered) to keep the others alive and the guilt is what drives him to commit suicide.

just a shot in the dark. XD
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: evilcandybag on December 14, 2007, 12:19:25 am
He is having a competition with his friends about who can behave the most irrationally.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Moheeheeko on December 14, 2007, 12:24:35 am
the mans dead wife used to make albatros soup, upon the taste of this soup, he remebered her and felt he could no longer live in a world without her
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Pete on December 14, 2007, 12:29:06 am
 He takes one sip of the soup, but decides to empty his stomach before the meal as he's feeling a little bloated. He unintentionally kills himself when his horrible case of wind blows his intestinal tract out through his anus and kills him as it implodes his diaphragm causing him to suffocate as his lungs collapse.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 14, 2007, 01:04:41 am
I think he discovered you shouldn't bite bowls
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on December 14, 2007, 07:33:41 am
In a series of supernatural but phenomenally boring events, a bobcat is transmogrified into a man. At first confused, he then realizes the providence that has befallen him. No more hunting in the dirty wild for raw meat! No longer will he have to run for his life regularly! After acquiring some change from some charitable passers-by, and also learning to read, he realizes he's quite hungry. He wanders about the wharf, staring hungrily into the sky at the circling birds.

"Hey, you!"

He turns to his left.

"Yeah, you. Come over here for a second."

Intrigued, he walks toward the man talking to him.

"alright, shut up, give me all your money."

"Mragh?"

"I said, gimme your wallet. come on!"

By this point, he can tell that this man is no good. He starts to bare his teeth and growl.

"The fuck, man? Fuckin hand it over! I got a gun!"

The man brandishes one of those rock-sticks that killed his mother. He pounces.

---

He stuffs the rock-stick in his fake fur. He is pretty confident now. He will find the man who killed his mother, and use the rock-stick on him instead. he will kill all the men who have caused him such pain over the years.

But first, he is still very hungry. He continues walking down the wharf, dismissing the culinary possibilities presented by most of the menus. Fish and chips, pizza, clam chowder. Whatever. What he wants is the biggest bird he can find. his mouth is watering insatiably. Finally, he sees a stand with a picture of one of the large overhead birds on it. Eyes wide, he runs up to the stand and points at the picture. He sounds out the word next to it.

"Al-bay-tross.. san-dwitch!"

"Comin up, sir."

The clerk hands him a wrapped item, warmer than his mother's own bosom. He wanders off as the clerk yells something about money. Sitting on a bench and more excited than he's ever been to eat, he takes a bite.

... Ew. While he recognizes the taste as bird-like, he does not enjoy it in the least. To his horror, the bread surrounding it tastes better. The paper containing everything tastes almost as bad as the bird. This is terrible. His excitement wanes. What good is life if one cannot enjoy the simple pleasures? None at all, that's what good.

He remembers the rock-stick, fishes it out from his fake fur, and prepares to join his mother.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 14, 2007, 11:14:32 am
Legend. +1
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 on December 14, 2007, 01:19:02 pm
The man was previously in a survival situation and lost at sea. While incapacitated from his injuries, he was kept alive by the other survivors by eating what they told him was "albatross soup". The soup he ordered at the restaurant tasted completely different and it was at this moment that he concluded that the soup he had previously eaten while stranded was not made with flesh of an albatross. The only other meat available during their survival situation, human flesh—corpse or otherwise, must have been used for the soup. Confronted with this revelation, he commits suicide. A variation is that his best friend may have been among those who were also injured and sacrificed (or murdered) to keep the others alive and the guilt is what drives him to commit suicide.

just a shot in the dark. XD


Okay. New rule.

To prevent people doing this, if you're using an old puzzle, do mention the standard solution.  ::)
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Smeagol on December 14, 2007, 07:10:03 pm
Point taken.

Winner should be obvious.

Prespby is up to bat for the epic answer.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 15, 2007, 02:47:25 am
who are we going to bat to death this time!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on December 15, 2007, 03:56:56 am
A naked man is lying face down in the desert, dead. He has a match in his hand but nothing else. what happened?



He was with several others in a hot air balloon crossing the
desert.  The balloon was punctured and they began to lose altitude.
They tossed all their non-essentials overboard, then their clothing and
food, but were still going to crash in the middle of the desert.
Finally, they drew matches to see who would jump over the side and save
the others; this man lost.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Ratti on December 15, 2007, 10:10:35 am
The man's name was Joe Smith (no, really), and he was born to an American soldier also named Joe Smith and some woman who probably died at his birth in Southern Germany (because his father got stationed there after WWII). He grew up listening to his father's war time stories of survival under extreme circumstances, spending nights on the battlefield in winter almost freezing to the ground, killing the enemy with no more than a branch broken off some tree. When his father died due to spontaneous combustion, Joe vowed to honour his life.
"I will run one time around the entire world to tell everyone the stories of what a great man you were, pops. You had to fight with branches, so I will only take a match with me! You shivered in your uniform, so I will go naked!"

At least he got till Africa.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Gravehill on December 17, 2007, 02:41:21 am
He walked on desert at night. Everything was really dark so he ignited match. However he had wandered to place where oil pipe was broken just a bit. Some oil has leaked and vaporized. Man walked to the gas cloud with his burning match, that ignited gas and explosion shredded poor guys clothes off. At the same time blast wave made him fly about thirty metres and so he landed dead, naked and face down to the land. And as the desperate man in darkness holds that only source of light very tightly so did this man too. Even after death.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: cloudstrifex on December 18, 2007, 04:55:23 am
The man was obviously streaking with the sand people. After they set up camp at night they decided to light each other's farts on fire but the guy didn't realize he had to shart and so the flame spread to his entire body and while he was running around one of the sand people threw whiskey on him thinking it was apple juice and the poor guy was burnt to a crisp. Those sand people and their crazy parties.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: yas‮ on December 18, 2007, 04:14:04 pm
He tried to fry the sand and some ice cream. But the sand got pissed and killed him.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on December 18, 2007, 09:26:57 pm
Alrighty. Though I appreciate each of your answers, I must pick only one, and the honor goes toooooooo...

cloud!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: cloudstrifex on December 18, 2007, 11:01:33 pm
Do I win love butter cookies?! :D

I don't have to come up with a new scenario do I?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on December 18, 2007, 11:08:40 pm
no
and
yes.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: cloudstrifex on December 19, 2007, 03:27:51 am
Alright here goes! A white girl has had the same sex partner all her life (her white boyfriend) and she finds out she is pregnant. Nine months later a black baby pops out. How could this have happened?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: WereVolvo on December 19, 2007, 03:58:30 am
A couple of nights before the birth, an escapee from a nearby mental institution sedated her, performed a caesarean section, spraypainted the baby and then put it back.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Smeagol on December 19, 2007, 05:54:55 pm
The baby was charcoaled in the womb.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lexx on December 19, 2007, 08:45:20 pm
Um.. sometimes the dominant gene can be recessive?

Or if that's too sensible, the woman had just had her womb re-painted the the baby ignored the "wet paint" signs.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SpeedD on December 19, 2007, 09:01:55 pm
The mother was an extremely heavy smoker, so much so, in fact, that her blood turned black.

Or...


Anti-Christ.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Moheeheeko on December 19, 2007, 09:05:02 pm
the lover was Michael Jackson
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Kehe on December 19, 2007, 09:17:41 pm
the lover was Michael Jackson

winner!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Ant on December 20, 2007, 12:39:33 am
Alright here goes! A white girl has had the same sex partner all her life (her white boyfriend) and she finds out she is pregnant. Nine months later a black baby pops out. How could this have happened?

The black baby actually pops out of the cupboard across the room (and shouts typical stuff a black baby would (like goo goo gah gah)), the actual child she is pregnant with is still unborn.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lysix on December 20, 2007, 12:52:52 am
YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE SEX TO MAKE BABIES!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Chronologix on December 20, 2007, 12:55:23 am
the lover was Michael Jackson

nooooo has his plan actually succeeded?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: cherko on December 20, 2007, 01:05:02 am
the lover was Michael Jackson

winner!

I definitively agree.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: harvey danger on December 20, 2007, 04:01:45 am
The baby was actually a black midget who had escaped from jail and was hiding out in her womb with the real baby.

Or, the baby has prenatal reverse-vitiligo.

OR, the baby is really racist, and dressed itself up in blackface before being born.

Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: cloudstrifex on December 20, 2007, 04:53:48 am
And the winner is... Moheeheeko!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Moheeheeko on December 20, 2007, 09:05:09 am
thank you thank you ill be here all week!    O0

ok here goes


Tom and his younger sister were fighting. Their mother was tired of the fighting, and decided to punish them by making them stand on the same piece of newspaper in such a way that they couldn't touch each other.

How did she accomplish this?

(standard answer: Tom's mother slid a newspaper under a door, each sibling standing on each side.)


Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Torp v2.0 on December 20, 2007, 11:16:14 am
1. Well, Tom and his sister were goldfish (yes, were. What do you think putting a goldfish on a piece of paper outside of the water does?). They were therefore so small, they could be put on different parts of the newspaper without touching, and they didn't have the out-of-water coordination to get over to each other.

2. Tom and his sister are both arm-and-leg-less cripples. It was a large paper. They were therefore unable to move.

3. Mom bound their arms behind their backs and used some interesting contraptions that were probably better fit for her basement dungeon, and indeed was from it (she was a dominatrix, and the kids fighting had disturbed a session she had with a client. Having kids suddenly running around screaming at each other can kill anyone's sexual excitement. Well, unless you're turned on by that sort of thing. You sick fuck) around neck, midsection and each of their feet so that they couldn't move them any closer (think metal bars).

4. As above, only instead of disturbing a session, they were the session, a couple that came to her to play brother and sister in some sort of infantilistic probably incestous sexual fantasy (no, they were not really related. It was all a fantasy of theirs).

5. Screw the newspaper. It was a boring punishment anyway. You don't think a dominatrix has some more interesting ways of punishing her kids (or clients, depending on what the case is here)?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 20, 2007, 01:06:44 pm
Tom and his sister were fictional characters created by the brain nebulae in the woman's head. This, being caused by a brain surgery from a bullet wich entered her head in a alley brawl shooting.

To make any sense of it all i need to go back to the day it started.

I was having a jack in my regular pub when the clock rang twelve. It made no sense. Why was the clock devided by integers?
Why was the kicken on the shelf instead of the fish in the tuna? The case was baffeling enough to blow this nation wide open.

I decided to push my luck on any number big enough to keep the woman quiet : Mr. Billion.


answer : 1,000,000,000.


Case closed.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Laser.T on December 20, 2007, 01:44:33 pm
It was a Fucking Big Newspaper. For giants. On steroids.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Ant on December 20, 2007, 02:53:47 pm
She paper mache'd (there should be an accent on e in mache) then super glued each child to each side of the newspaper, she then slotted one of the children into a glass box and accidentally suffocated that child. She's now serving 26 years in a high security prison for man slaughter.

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Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Smeagol on December 20, 2007, 06:24:48 pm
The paper was really really sharp, and the resultant blood loss from the paper-cuts made both kids pass out.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Gravehill on December 20, 2007, 09:34:51 pm
She did post their pictures on local newspaper. In those pictures they are standing, each one on their own side of middle opening, not touching eachother. Under the picture there reads "Fighting siblings are stupid and laughing stock of whole neighbourhood. If this person in picture does not better his/her ways this newspaper will reveal some of their most shamefull secrets. Signed : your mom."
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Ant on December 20, 2007, 09:36:18 pm
She did post their pictures on local newspaper. In those pictures they are standing, each one on their own side of middle opening, not touching eachother. Under the picture there reads "Fighting siblings are stupid and laughing stock of whole neighbourhood. If this person in picture does not better his/her ways this newspaper will reveal some of their most shamefull secrets. Signed : your mom."

LOL, I bet your kids behave ;D
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: evilcandybag on December 20, 2007, 10:15:00 pm
She did post their pictures on local newspaper. In those pictures they are standing, each one on their own side of middle opening, not touching eachother. Under the picture there reads "Fighting siblings are stupid and laughing stock of whole neighbourhood. If this person in picture does not better his/her ways this newspaper will reveal some of their most shamefull secrets. Signed : your mom."

LOL, I bet your kids behave ;D

He's not a mum, is he?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Gravehill on December 20, 2007, 10:47:22 pm
She did post their pictures on local newspaper. In those pictures they are standing, each one on their own side of middle opening, not touching eachother. Under the picture there reads "Fighting siblings are stupid and laughing stock of whole neighbourhood. If this person in picture does not better his/her ways this newspaper will reveal some of their most shamefull secrets. Signed : your mom."

LOL, I bet your kids behave ;D

He's not a mum, is he?
Not only mum but your's mum :D
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: harvey danger on December 20, 2007, 11:53:43 pm
She put the newspaper in a very tight space (such that the children would have to be touching the walls on either side), and then attached thousands of positively charged magnets to one child, and thousands of negatively charged magnets to the other.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Moheeheeko on December 21, 2007, 05:40:54 am
to everyone's great shock (yes, including Rad) i have to go with Rad

Fire away!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on December 21, 2007, 10:15:55 am
She put the newspaper in a very tight space (such that the children would have to be touching the walls on either side), and then attached thousands of positively charged magnets to one child, and thousands of negatively charged magnets to the other.

(that would stick them together)
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 21, 2007, 01:51:28 pm
to everyone's great shock (yes, including Rad) i have to go with Rad

Fire away!
Muhahah.

Allright. Its on now, on a friday noon, im tired and hungover, at my desk at work so im going all out.

--

Shadow drove into the Speedy Service Station and pulled up to the pumps. "Fill it up, please," said Shadow. "This may sound strange," said the owner, "but I'd rather fill two cars from out of town than one car from this town." Shadow looked across the small town and replied, "I know just what you mean." The sun struck eleven, when the handle came down. It was not where he left them.
How many piles of leaves would shadow have to transport to Cuba?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Laser.T on December 21, 2007, 03:18:29 pm
Then Shadow woke up and realised it had all been a dream.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 21, 2007, 03:49:08 pm
That's not lateral thinking, thats denying it happened
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Smeagol on December 21, 2007, 04:23:38 pm
Enough to get Rad drunk. Duh.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Ant on December 21, 2007, 04:26:42 pm
None, he shot the petrol station guy, filled his own car up, went home and whapped himself dry.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: cloudstrifex on December 21, 2007, 04:53:21 pm
went home and whapped himself dry.

Dude we don't want to hear your personal life on here. ;)
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: harvey danger on December 21, 2007, 11:47:15 pm
Enough to fill all of Fidel's lawn bags!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SpeedD on December 22, 2007, 12:10:15 am



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Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 22, 2007, 02:00:54 am
LMAO
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lexx on December 22, 2007, 06:09:24 pm
Because local cars shoot lasers, pew pew pew.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 22, 2007, 08:53:27 pm
Rehev wins.
Flawless victory
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lexx on December 23, 2007, 02:46:13 am
Bollocks. Now I have to come up with a question. :/

A man lives in the penthouse of an apartment building. Every morning he takes the elevator down to the lobby and leaves the building. Upon his return, however, he can only travel halfway up in the lift and has to walk the rest of the way - unless it's raining. What is the explanation for this?

(Real answer, he's a midget or some shit.)
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Chronologix on December 23, 2007, 02:47:39 am
Bollocks. Now I have to come up with a question. :/

A man lives in the penthouse of an apartment building. Every morning he takes the elevator down to the lobby and leaves the building. Upon his return, however, he can only travel halfway up in the lift and has to walk the rest of the way - unless it's raining. What is the explanation for this?

(Real answer, he's a midget or some shit.)

This was one of the first questions posted in the thread....

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)

So technically Torp already wins that round! gj Torp!
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Caranfin on December 23, 2007, 09:53:07 am
It was just an example question and Torp is the only one who has answered it. The purpose of the thread is to provide an answer that is different from the standard one so Torp can't win with that answer.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 23, 2007, 04:55:10 pm
Well untill torp asks one, party out with this one

Mel Colly stared through the dirty soot-smeared window on the 26th floor of the office tower. Overcome with depression he slid the window open and jumped through it. It was a sheer drop outside the building to the ground. Miraculously after he landed he was completely unhurt. Since there was nothing to cushion his fall or slow his descent, how could he have survived?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lexx on December 23, 2007, 05:55:17 pm
How about you all stop being pedantic and just answer my question?
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 23, 2007, 06:20:13 pm
Well, allright.

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A man lives in the penthouse of an apartment building. Every morning he takes the elevator down to the lobby and leaves the building. Upon his return, however, he can only travel halfway up in the lift and has to walk the rest of the way - unless it's raining. What is the explanation for this?

He lives in hell where it rains fireballs
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Smeagol on December 23, 2007, 07:52:19 pm
The man in question is a person whose favourite aunt was the Wicked Witch of the West, and as such he feels melancholic whenever it rains. Not wanting to dwell on those feelings for longer than he has to, he forgoes his usual walk for the final half.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: harvey danger on December 23, 2007, 09:55:30 pm
His sexual stamina is only half as good at the end of the day, so he must leave the elevator in embarassment.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Gravehill on December 24, 2007, 03:21:20 am
Building has very advanced lift system. Lifting anything more than just the lift uses electricity and it's unhealthy - so these elevators saves electricity and increases exercise by making people to walk half the stairs. You press 12 and elevator stops at six and "walk" symbol lights on the ceiling. Some people who live below half way of the building can cheat - they just select double time the amount of floors to their home. If person lives at 7th floor he can press 14 and he is at the right floor. But man who lives at the penthouse can't do this - he can go only to the half way. However building owners know that whenever people get wet they should be able to change some dry clothes as soon as possible since it's unhealthier to be wet and cold than drive elevator. And nobody won't want to get sued for causing people health problems... So when it rains elevators move as normal elevators.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: SpeedD on December 24, 2007, 03:26:03 am
There's a rather large woman who lives on the middle floor. She sleeps most of the day, but at 6:15 just at the fellow is on his way home, the fat woman gets on the elevator to visit her friend on the top floor. The man, fearing for a weight-overload, evacuates the lift as the woman gets on.
Title: Re: The Lateral Thinking Contest
Post by: Lexx on December 25, 2007, 12:35:44 pm
SpeedD gets it. :P