Some years ago, there was a Mensa convention at IIT Mumbai
Mensa, is an
international organization for people who have an IQ of 150 or higher.
Several of the Mensa members went out for lunch at a local cafe opposite IIT Main Gate…
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 after 60 minutes of loud arguments….
Everything from algorithms to surface tension to granularity was hotly debated…
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 contains pepper…”
But before they could finish, the waitress interrupted & said…
“Oh — sorry about that.”
She leaned over the table, she plucked out the sticker SALT label from the pepper bottle and stuck it on the salt bottle and likewise removed the PEPPER label sticker from salt and pasted it on the pepper.
There was dead silence at the Mensa table.
For most of the problems in our lives there are simple solutions, but it is our “Brilliant” minds that complicate every simple solution. …
Change the stickers and enjoy life!!!
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