### The Candle Problem by Karl Duncker, 1945

You are in a room with a table pushed against the wall. On it is a box of thumbtacks, matches, and a candle. You must fix...

### Napoleon’s creative solution

In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte desired to take the title of Emperor in order to possess a great Western empire, just as his idol Charles...

### Three cups puzzle

There are 3 empty teacups on the table. Can you put 10 lumps of sugar in them so that there would be an odd...

### The Story of Young Gauss

In the lesson on arithmetic, the teacher, who decided to do his own business, asked the students to compute the sum of all the...

### Mystery of the bisected apple

A serial killer invited a prospective victim to her place. She offered her an apple. When she refused, she insisted that they share the apple. So,...

### Birbal’s Wise Decision – example of creative problem solving

A farmer and his neighbour once went to Emperor Akbar's court with a complaint. "Your Majesty, I bought a well from him," said the farmer...

### The Field of Boliauns – Creative Problem Solving

One fine day in harvest, Tom Fitzpatrick went strolling along the sunny side of a hedge. All of a sudden he heard a clacking noise...

### The Parable of Justice and Gold

One day, Emperor Akbar posed a question to his adviser and sage Birbal. He asked him what Birbal would choose if he offered either...

### Convert Harm Into Benefit – Timur’s decision

Turco-Mongol commander and conqueror Timur (Tamerlane, 1336-1405), invaded northern India, attacking the Delhi Sultanate. The battle between  Turco-Mongol conqueror and Indian forces took place in 1398. ...

### A bus stop pick-up riddle

While driving on your way home, you pass by a bus stop and see among the people waiting for the bus, an old lady...

### The riddle of The Sphinx

The Sphinx lurked outside Thebes in ancient Greece, and demanded passers-by answer a riddle: 'Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at...

### The benefits of capacity seeing yourself through the eyes of others

Three hats are offered to two players – one white and two red. They close their eyes and are told that each of them will...