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Chopstick Proficiency Test [May. 30th, 2003|04:59 pm]
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Remove a wadded up paper towel from the bottom of a vase using only two chopsticks. The neck of the vase has only a 1.5" interior diameter.

Note: This is strictly a practical examination. Philosophical answers about "Why the hell is there a paper towel down there?" or speculations that "whatever genius shoved it in there should get it out" will NOT be accepted.

You have three minutes to complete this test. Time begins when you turn over your test paper. Good luck.

From: ex_tjcoyote516
2003-05-30 05:40 pm (UTC)
Ignite one chopstick over gas stove.
Insert into vase to ignite paper towel.
Allow to burn out.
Wash out ashes.
Don't dry the vase by stuffing a paper towel inside.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-05-31 08:56 am (UTC)
Good answer... And no soot problems, since it is indeed an opaque vase. Also faster than just plain chopsticks.
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[User Picture]From: nigel
2003-05-30 07:40 pm (UTC)
When I first glanced at the title of that entry, I could have sworn that it said "Chapstick Proficiency Test"... I wasn't sure why that required a test, unless you were uncoordinated enough that you missed your mouth and poked yourself in the eye with it or something...

This is probably a good indication that I need to go take a nap...
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[User Picture]From: snapcat
2003-05-30 08:31 pm (UTC)
Chuck the chopsticks and vase up against the wall. Take the paper towel, blow your nose and throw it all in the trash.

There is more than one way to skin a cat!
(did I just say that???)
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[User Picture]From: wordslinger
2003-05-30 08:37 pm (UTC)


Pour a lot of hot water into the vase. Tip vase over, thumping it on the bottom. Drag out wet towel.

We got the easy ones! I think the others are left with options like "invent time travel machine and strangle genius BEFORE he puts towel in vase."
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-05-31 08:54 am (UTC)
Hmmm. That probably would've been faster than futzing about with the dry paper towel; it was so light it was tricky to remove. (Took me two minutes.) Clever solution!
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[User Picture]From: zero_wolfe
2003-05-30 09:01 pm (UTC)
The Kirk-Kobayashi Maru Solution:

1. Pick up vase with chopsticks.
2. Raise vase above eye level.
3. Allow gravity to dislodge wadded up paper towel from the bottom of the vase, swinging vase gently with chopsticks if needed. ;)
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