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NoJive
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The Land of one Headlight on.
Insane since: May 2001

posted posted 08-26-2004 17:53

You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?

Think before you continue reading.

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application. You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first. Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.

The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. He simply answered: "I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams."

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."

....HOWEVER....
The correct answer is to run the old lady over and put her out of her misery, have sex with the perfect partner on the hood of the car, then drive off with the old friend for a few beers.

Moon Shadow
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Rouen, France
Insane since: Jan 2003

posted posted 08-26-2004 19:06

Haha at first it reminded me of the "What Would You Do ?" threads we had some time ago at the Asylum.

Interesting question. However, I found it quite surprising to base a job appliance solely upon the answer to this question

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If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.

CPrompt
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: there...no..there.....
Insane since: May 2001

posted posted 08-26-2004 19:22

Yeah.......not sure if I would base the entire job applicants on how they answer the question. Was a great answer though.

Reminds me of a question I was presented with in college:

You are in the midst of a flood. You are in a boat that can only have one more passanger. In the water drowning are your spouse, child and mother. Which would you choose to save? You HAVE to be in the boat too. So no giving the boat to someone else...

Later,

C:\




TP: Nevermind this edit - I'm just testing some new functionality (logging MS edit of posts to the adminlog), hope you don't mind, thank you for patience, please excuse any inconvinience, I hope you have c2->VeryGoodSeats.

(Edited by Tyberius Prime on 08-26-2004 20:08)

docilebob
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: buttcrack of the midwest
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 08-28-2004 15:55

Interesting question, CPrompt. Lots of possibilities.
I would probably club the (ex)spouse with an oar, (don`t like her much anyway), bring the child aboard, and throw mom one end of my belt, so I could pull her along behind.

Wes
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Inside THE BOX
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 08-28-2004 22:22

Reminds me of one of the most idiotic exercises given to me in one of the most idiotic college classes I ever was forced to take (Fundamentals of Speech Communication).

We were given a list of items and told to choose the three we would need to survive in the following situation: You are stranded on the moon five miles from your craft.

I forget the whole list of items, but when we were done, we were told the three most important, which were chosen by survival specialists. One I forget, but the other two were the bottle of water and the parachute. The bottle of water I would need to prevent dehydration and the parachute I could use to protect myself from the sun, which was especially dangerous on the moon, where there is no atmosphere.

No one would listen to me when I told them 1) you can't drink the bottle of water through the helmet of your spacesuit that you would have to be wearing not to asphyxiate, and 2) the spacesuit would be all the sun protection you would need.

(Yes, I know this exercise makes sense in the desert, but trust me, they said the moon.)

Incidentally, I remember a couple of people saying you could use the parachute to descend any drop-offs between you and the craft. If you don't realize why this is laughable, you're as dumb as they are.

tntcheats
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: BC, Canada
Insane since: Jun 2004

posted posted 08-29-2004 00:58
quote:
If you don't realize why this is laughable, you're as dumb as they are.


And if you laugh for the wrong reason, you're dumber.

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