Monday, February 27, 2012

Thinking Outside The Box I

Much of what we teach in law school is legal protocols--systematic methods to approach a legal problem.  However, thinking outside the box is important, too.  A lawyer who thinks outside the box comes up with creative solutions to clients' problems and advances the law.  Examples include Brandeis with his Brandeis brief, applying strict liability to products liability, and using equal protection to advance the civil rights movement through the law.

Can you solve this classic problem in thinking outside the box?

A bus gets caught in a tunnel because the bus is slightly taller than the tunnel. The bus driver tries to back out, but is unsuccessful; the forward momentum of the bus has caused it to become really stuck. A tow truck also cannot get the bus out. There is a way to get the bus unstuck. What is the solution?

I have put the answer in the comments.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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Answer: The solution to this question is very simple: let some of the air out of the tires. This will make the bus slightly shorter. If you had difficulty coming up with this answer, it is because you were concentrating on how to push or pull the bus out. The key is to make the bus shorter, and let the bus drive out under its own power.

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Feb 27, 2012 10:20:04 AM

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