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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    There is a gas lamp, a candle and an gas fire. Which do you light first?"
    The room?

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Our site manager came in asking random questions from a paper today. Things such as "you have a single match left in a matchbox. You enter a room and inside it is dark. There is a gas lamp, a candle and an gas fire. Which do you light first?"

    Thing is, for questions like that it takes a certain type of thinking to get it quickly. Given a bit longer most people will get the answer. Is immediacy *that* important?

    Just like people have different learning styles, they have different thinking styles too.
    You light the match first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    You light the match first.
    I'd hit the light switch, much quicker and more effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    You light the match first.
    Yup. But most of us on here work in an industry where logical thinking is a necessity - we use it for diagnostics, for planning, for every aspect of our jobs. Someone running a city doesn't work like that. There's more at play than whether or not computers work. Politics are involved, emotions, etc...

    Intelligence is far more than logic and maths skill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Our site manager came in asking random questions from a paper today. Things such as "you have a single match left in a matchbox. You enter a room and inside it is dark. There is a gas lamp, a candle and an gas fire. Which do you light first?"

    The answer is "none of them, that's YOUR job to make sure the rooms are lit and heated".

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Yup. But most of us on here work in an industry where logical thinking is a necessity - we use it for diagnostics, for planning, for every aspect of our jobs. Someone running a city doesn't work like that. There's more at play than whether or not computers work. Politics are involved, emotions, etc...

    Intelligence is far more than logic and maths skill.
    I completely agree. I couldn't care less if they know the price of milk or a loaf of bread (unless they are of course discussing things related to milk and bread) I think the questions put to him in that video were rather unfair as some were more like trick/lateral thinking type questions, the apple one for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Intelligence is far more than logic and maths skill.
    Intelligence : The ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

    Seems to me Woodworking is knowledge and skill just as much as Logic and Maths are. Sometimes intelligence is most clearly demonstrated by not applying logic.

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    Indeed. There's also the concept of emotional intelligence. Something which a great number of people in power do lack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    I don't care whether Boris knows the colour of a bear, so long as he's doing a good job in what he's supposed to do.
    This only came about because of Boris's outspoken comments. It's all very well having an opinion, but he does speak out of line at times and gets shown up as a result.

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    wether you like or hate borris at least as a politician you know what he stands for you might not like or agree with it but theres a lot less spin than with almost any other politician which is a good thing unlike say cameron et all saying "we love greggs" etc when its blatently obvious they dont

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    Tbh I am pretty concerned he didnt have a clue about the pricing of the underground (1:50) or how to work out the costs.
    Wonder if he can read a tube map and work out that the Circle line does actually go in a loop

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    wether you like or hate borris at least as a politician you know what he stands for you might not like or agree with it but theres a lot less spin than with almost any other politician which is a good thing unlike say cameron et all saying "we love greggs" etc when its blatently obvious they dont
    tbh honest - I think there's a ton of spin - its just with a different bias

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    I remember a long time ago there was a seemingly obvious question posted on a puzzle newsgroup: "What weighs more a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?"

    Here is the surprising answer rot13'ed
    Code:
    Gur cbhaq vf fvkgrra nibveqhcbvf bhaprf (Serapu sbe "tbbqf bs jrvtug").
    Ubjire tbyq vf qvivqrq vagb gebl (sebz Geblrf) bhaprf, naq gurer ner gjryir gebl bhaprf gb gur cbhaq.
    Gur nibveqhcbvf bhapr vf 437.5 tenvaf, juvyr gur gebl bhapr vf 480 tenvaf.
    Na nibveqhcbvf cbhaq vf 7000 tenvaf, juvyr gur gebl cbhaq vf 5760 tenvaf, fb n cbhaq bs srnguref vf fvtavsvpnagyl urnivre guna n cbhaq bs tbyq.
    Vs gur bevtvany dhrfgvba jnf "Jung jrvtuf zber n cbhaq bs srnguref be n cbhaq bs yrnq?", gura gurl obgu qb jrvtu gur fnzr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unixman_again View Post
    Code:
    Gur cbhaq vf fvkgrra nibveqhcbvf bhaprf (Serapu sbe "tbbqf bs jrvtug").
    Ubjire tbyq vf qvivqrq vagb gebl (sebz Geblrf) bhaprf, naq gurer ner gjryir gebl bhaprf gb gur cbhaq.
    Gur nibveqhcbvf bhapr vf 437.5 tenvaf, juvyr gur gebl bhapr vf 480 tenvaf.
    Na nibveqhcbvf cbhaq vf 7000 tenvaf, juvyr gur gebl cbhaq vf 5760 tenvaf, fb n cbhaq bs srnguref vf fvtavsvpnagyl urnivre guna n cbhaq bs tbyq.
    Vs gur bevtvany dhrfgvba jnf "Jung jrvtuf zber n cbhaq bs srnguref be n cbhaq bs yrnq?", gura gurl obgu qb jrvtu gur fnzr.
    I actually didn't know that...

    Also, Cthulhu summoned successfully.

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    Some of the questions are "trick" questions, even I had to re-read some of them to realise the answer.

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