Brilliant Minds

Some years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco.

Mensa, is an international organization for people who have an IQ of 140 or higher.

Several of the Mensa members went out for lunch at a local cafe. When they sat down, one of them discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper, and their pepper shaker was full of salt.

How could they swap the contents of the two bottles without spilling any, and using only the implements at hand? Clearly — this was a job for Mensa minds.

The group debated the problem and presented ideas and finally, came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer.

They then called the waitress over, ready to dazzle her with their solution.

“Ma’am,” they said, “we couldn’t help but notice that the pepper shaker contains salt and the salt shaker”

But before they could finish, the waitress interrupted & said.

“Oh — sorry about that.”

She leaned over the table, unscrewed the caps of both bottles and switched them.

There was dead silence at the Mensa table.

For most of the problems there are simple solutions but it is our โ€œBrilliantโ€ minds that complicate every simple solution. Take a relook at life, you will find non issues mostly! And wherever there are issues there will be easy solutions.

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  1. Remind me of two other stories.

    1. Using pencils in space to write, rather than a sophisticated pen (from Three idiots)

    2. The story of an automatic soap making machine, which produces an empty box occasionally. The engineers designed a high tech machine to scan every boxes and find out the empty one. The workers used a table fan. Which flew away the empty ones.

  2. Brilliant! But at the risk of boasting,I got the solution instantly while reading the problem.But sad (or should I be),I am a not one with a high IQ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Same with me @Bhadresh, I got the logical answer before reading the full text. My thinking was how could that have happened, and the only explanation was that somehow the containers got switched when re-filling the salt and pepper; ergo, the solution is to switch the caps also! ๐Ÿ™‚

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