What does “Alexander the Great” and “Winnie the Pooh” have in common?
Posted May 13, 2010on:
Here is another riddle for you: What does “Alexander the Great” and “Winnie the Pooh” have in common? Look at the below pictures and think for the answer:
While you think, you may continue reading the post.
In previous post related to creative thinking (http://wp.me/pHUHq-ae), the unanswered riddle was: How can you add a line and make IX a 6? The mental look was to make people think IX as roman 9 and people keep on thinking about ‘straight’ line to be added.
The proposed solution is to add an ‘S’ before IX to make it SIX. Another solution is to add a ‘6’ after IX. It would become IX6 i.e. one multiply by six!
Here is another idea to boost our creative thinking.
Creative thinking is not only ‘constructive’, its also ‘destructive’. Often you have to break the rules and patterns to discover new rules and new patterns.
Are you familiar with this: Q W E R T Y U I O P?
Obviously, you have seen this on the type writer or a key pad. Why is it arranged like this? It has an interesting story. This was not in place before 1870. In that time, Sholes & Co, a leading manufacturer of type writers received many complaints from users that while they type, keys get stick together. What happened? Did the company stick to the idea that key board cannot be changed? This is the way it should be? Take it or leave it?
Instead, they asked their engineers to figure out some solution. The answer was: An inefficient key board configuration so that keys should not jam when people type fast. For example ‘O’ and ‘I’ are the third and sixth most frequently used letters in English language. However, engineers kept them together so that relatively weak ring finger and little finger of hand have to press them. This will prevent key board from jamming. Though, many things have changed since invention of computer, configuration of key board remains the same. All because of a weak logic in designing of a new solution.
Some Russian immigrants in Los Angeles have a tradition of celebrating new year on December 30th each year. They call a band, arrange a party and enjoy but all in afternoon of December 30th. Why?
When a person was asked the reason of celebrating the New Year in afternoon of December 30th and not on the night of December 31, the answer was: Back in Russia, we had no money to pay to band on the New Year’s night. Therefore, we called band a day before to enjoy our new year. Now, we can afford the band but we don’t want to discontinue our tradition…..
Look around and you will find some ‘sacred cow’ or some rule in your organization, in your surrounding which is considered sacred and cannot be broken at all. So, to be creative, one of the ideas is to play the revolutionary and challenge the rules. However, be careful when you do that.
Are you still thinking about the answer of the riddle i.e. What does Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common? Look at their pictures above and share your thoughts in the comments section. Answer to be posted in the next post.
Note: The Above ideas are from the book: A Whack on the side of the head by Roger Von Oech.