## May 21, 2009

### Lateral Thinking Problems

1)How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto
the ground and live?

2)There are six eggs in the basket. Six people each take
one of the eggs. How can it be that one egg is left in the basket?

Secret Squïrrel said...

1(a) It falls out of a ground-floor window

(b)  The concrete for the footpath has just been poured

(c)  There is no footpath and the ground is soft mud

(d)  The building only has one floor, the 20 stories being the collected works of Beatrix Potter

2(a) The person who takes the last egg leaves it in the basket

(b)  Person #6 takes their egg from Person #5

Anonymous said...

secret squirrel for 2(b) it says that every person has one egg so person 6 cant take it away from person 5 but some good answers that i wouldnt of discovered for #1 and #2!!!!!!!!

Secret Squïrrel said...

Well, it could be that Person #5 takes one egg which is then taken from them by P6 shortly after. The problem only states that 6 people take an egg (from the basket). No mention is made of how long they retain the egg for.

Anyway, I think 2(a) was prob the answer being sought.

Anonymous said...

squirrel
i think the the last person who took the egg bring along the basket oso
tats y there are an egg left in the basket

Anonymous said...

squirrel
i think the the last person who took the egg bring along the basket oso
tats y there are an egg left in the basket

Omar said...

1) The baby that fell out of the 'twenty-story building' could have fallen out of the ground floor, because it is never said from wich floor it falls... it just says 'twenty-story building' and not 'twentieth storie of a building' !

2) one of the 'people' is pregnant. a baby in a belly cant hold an egg.. so one stayes in the basket =)

Anonymous said...

For number two 5 people take 1 egg and the sixth person tool the basket and left the egg in the basket

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Babu vincent said...

1. baby fall in twenty story buildind not from 20 th floor

2.the egg remains which taken along with basket

Mark Proulx said...

OMG you guys...! So smart and still miss the obvious. Read the questions as stated...

1. How can a baby fall out of a 20-story building onto the ground and live"
Two answers pop up immediately: did it say a human baby? No. Baby birds - even if falling from the 20th floor - would live. Also, it did not say the baby (even if human) fell out of the 20th floor. A windown on the first floor will satify the condition proposed.

2. There are six eggs in the basket - this is one sentence. Six people each take one of the eggs - this is a separate sentence that is not necessarily linked to the first. How about five people take from the baasket and I take one FROM one of the people who have an egg? Condition satisfied.

I teach logic classes and this is the flaw in most people's thinking. Tying two statements together as if one is a condition of the other. This is flawed thinking. One must separate out and not tie statements together. This is surmising and assuming...and we all know what happens when you assume...