Separate Checks ??
excerpted from Tamim Ansary's "What's Your IQ"
In fact, there is an international
organization of people who have scored in the top 2 percent of a
certain type of IQ test.
The organization is called Mensa, and it's
something between a social club and a badge of honor.
I will, however, tell you a contradictory
A few years ago, there was a Mensa
convention in San Francisco and a bunch of Mensa members were
lunching at a local café.
They discovered that their salt shaker
contained pepper and their pepper shaker was full of salt.
What to do? How could they swap the
contents of the bottles without spilling, and using only the
implements at hand?
Clearly this was a job for Mensa !!!
The group debated presented ideas and
deliberated. Finally, they came up with a brilliant solution
involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer.
They called the waitress over to dazzle her
with their solution and get her reaction.
"Ma'am," they said, "We
couldn't help but notice that pepper shaker contains salt and
the salt shaker."
"Oh," the nonplussed waitress
interrupted. "Sorry about that."
She quickly unscrewed the caps of both
bottles, switched them, and said, "Will that be one check