Saturday, November 29, 2008

[the metal tub test] who would survive

There is a storm in the South Pacific and a cruise ship goes down. You rush to the kitchen to grab food to stuff in your pockets and you suddenly see two metal tubs, each capable of supporting the weight of either a man or a woman and baby. You take them and rush up on deck. To your horror, only two people are left there, so you throw one of the tubs to them.

Time is running out but you see a crying baby. You also see a dead officer and he has a gun. Thinking quickly, you put his gun in your belt then, scooping up the baby, you clamber into the tub, it slides into the water and you quickly find yourself and the baby a short distance from the ship.

You see the two people left on the deck fighting over who will take the tub and you know you can use the gun to ensure the more worthy of them gets to escape in that metal tub.

Who do you save if the two people were:

1. Gordon Brown and a little child;

2. Jonathan Ross and a BBC producer;

3. A banker and a lawyer;

4. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton;

5. Polly Toynbee and a garbage collector;

6. A war veteran and Paris Hilton;

7. Posh Beckham and a lap dancer.



I shoot them all, except the baby.

Ross said...

I'd shoot Gordon Brown even if there were plenty of tubs to go round.

Faced with the site of a lawyer and a banker fighting for survival, I'd shoot a hole in the tub.

Anonymous said...

It has to be the BBC producer and JR
I just like the odd I suppose.
How did you pair these up lol
How about Peter Mandelson and Lily savage then :>)

CalumCarr said...

I'd shoot the author. :-)

Baht At said...

second option in each case

only one needs explanation - war veterans are invariably boring old farts.

Calum - tsk tsk such bitterness over being called out for your protection of the right to cyber-rape.

angus said...

I'd shoot them all except the baby and the lap dancer.

It makes sense if you end up on a desert island.

James Higham said...

It all came from an idea when we were talking. Actually, it was that if Gordo and a child were ever to find themselves in such a position, which one would get the spot in the boat?

Pisces Iscariot said...

I suppose saving only the child and the lap dancer would be morally ambivalent?

angus said...

But very practical and much more fun

Baht At said...

It says alot about human nature that even though James specifically asked who you would save almost all replies place the emphasis on who they'd shoot.

angus said...

Human nature I'm afraid.

CherryPie said...

At work we had an exercise based around this idea. The boat contained us, a dog and survival equipment. It was sinking so some thing had to go!

It was a bit of an eye opener on just how nasty some people can be!

TBRRob said...

1. Shoot Gordon Brown
2. Too Difficult
3. Shoot Lawyer
4. Too Difficult
5. Shoot Polly
6. Shoot Paris Hilton
7. Shoot Posh Beckham

jailhouselawyer said...

1,2,3,5, and 7 it has to be the second choice, and 4 and 6 it has to be the first choice.

James Higham said...

Good answers here and thanks for your participation here.

jams o donnell said...

It's got to be Gordon Brown and Paris Hilton.. who would people hate if they perished?

Why is Baht At making snide comments at one of your strongest supporters?

1st Lady said...

I'm stuck in a tub with a crying baby? I'd have to shoot myself.