What do you do with 100,000 wheels of cheese? If you’re Italy, according to Morning Edition today, you buy them from cheese-makers and donate them to charity to help the struggling parmagiano industry. According to Malcolm Gladwell in his latest book Outliers (which I just read since I sneakily gave it to C for her birthday and she kindly loaned it back to me when she was done), one of the ways to measure intelligence that’s not captured in IQ tests is to see how many creative uses people can come up with for everyday objects. So I will try to suggest a few of my own:
- Build a bigger mousetrap
- Create a human maze (ala the Wooz), and if people can’t figure out how to get out, they can eat the walls for sustenance
- Use them as renewable-source tabletops
- Roll them down highways and track the patterns made by the gravel to see if you need to re-pave the road
- Stick them over very large bonfires and dip large pieces of toast into them after they melt into a creamy “fondue”
- Dye some of them red, green, and blue and then place them end to end for a giant game of twister
Feel free to help me out by adding some more!