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Goldman Sachs

If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?

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As a strategic consultant I would say "I don't know but I'll find out how it can be done and if not, why". I would then analyze the situation (which I did) and found the average pencil is 6" tall and the average blender is 7" from the center of the blade. If you change the measurements to feet, I am about 6 foot and could simply reach up and pull myself out. If you are 5 foot tall you could jump 1 foot in the air and do the same. Of course this would be followed by a long list of assumptions but given the one sentence question... that seems fair : ).

Eric Egeland on

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Ask the government to bail me out, hyoh!

Bo on

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Quite simple. A pencil is taller than a blender is wide. Sit on the bottom, place your feet against one wall and your back against the other wall with your hands down at your waist and pressed against the same wall as your back. Use opposing forces between your feet and hands/back to inch your way up. In rock climbing, this is called "chimeny-ing".

Mike on

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I'd ask for someone to pour cream into the blender and allow me to float to the top. I'd then ask that person to turn the blender on to whip the cream, forming butter and buttermilk. I'd then use the butter to build a staircase to the rim of the blender as well as a drop a huge pile of butter outside of the blender to cushion my fall once I jump out. I'd also ask for a couple slices of mini-toast so that I can eat it with the butter to celebrate my victorious escape from the blender.

Dano on

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Not sure why many of you think you became a pencil... read the question again :)

beamreach on

7

I would draw myself out. Think about it.

Elisabeth on

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As a liquid.

Mark on

9

The square cube law means you could jump out.

Brad on

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1) If I am shrunk to the size of a Pencil then all the articles including Blender would've also shrunk according to my size. Therefore, the possibility to put me in a blender is void :-) 2) I'd convince the blender operator that its not the right place for me to be 3) I'd CLIMB/JUMP OUT

Zameer on

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I'd write "help me" on the side of the container, sit down and wait the waitress.

Br on

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You're the relative size of a pencil, not ACTUALLY a pencil.

Amanda on

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A few options: 1. "Take my pants off". "Why?" "So I can kiss my ass goodbye!" 2. Scream really loudly because my the pitch of my voice might have become really high and might crack the glass. 3. Jump out (I remember reading somewhere that if a person was doubled in size, his strength would only be multiplied by the square root of two. if this is true, than being shrunk 1000 times would leave you very powerful and you should be able to jump out). 4. Take out my phone and look up the answer on google. 5. philosophical approach - understand why I have been thrown into the blender, by who and how I can convince him to let me out.

Gil on

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Is this the Voight-Kampff test from Blade Runner? As a top level executive I would never allow myself, employees, or company to be placed in such a position. I would allow our competitors to make these kinds of tactical mistakes then capitalize on the. No. I am not a replicant.

Randy on

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Given the size of a typical pencil, I could position myself horizontally and use my hands and feet to walk up the side of the blender. If the cap is on, I would use one leg to kick out the middle cap once I made it to the top and then climb out starting with the one leg.

Adrian on

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The most powerful characteristic of a pencil is the ability to Write and Draw, always find the point of strength in yourself and use it to become successful, in this case I’ll use my drawing power and draw a staircase and use the stairs to get out from the bottom of the blender.

R.G. on

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By opening the lid. pls dont ask me how.. if I can shrink to the size of a pencil, I can da mn well open the lid.

Manohar on

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I still have the same weight, just compressed into a pencil-thin form. So I lean against the wall of the blender, it tips over, and I can patent the process by which I was made pencil-thin. With a few modifications, this could be a huge hit. I'd be able to quit my day job.

Sal on

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jam myself into the blend blades since I am a #2 pencil whose tensile strength exceeds the torque of the blender motor. This will cause the motor to burn out or a circuit breaker to trip; then when the smoke subsides I carefuly open the lid and leave. Remembering to reset the circuit breaker for the next job candidate

TheGSACK on

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Well, first I would devise a SPV designed to skirt SEC reporting requirements. Next I would buy out the blender company regardless of their current unprofitable state. THen I would have Cramer pump my newly purchased blender company on CNBC. I would then cash out of the blender company - or, if that fails. Declare and end to the banking system as we know it and force the federal government to bail me out. I am goldman sachs, and I am domestic threat to the constitution.

Hah! on

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No one said the blender is turned on, so I will hang out .

Prateek Sharma on

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I would just climb out of the blender. I can use the blades to step on and elevate myself to climb out. No one said anything about having started the blender. You have just been put inside. Neither has anyone mentioned that you have been turned into a pencil. Just that you have been shrunk to that size.

Prosenjit Roy on

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Most of you are really dumb! Why are you on here? It says you you were shrunk to the size of a pencil NOT you are turned into a pencil! So you can't write you can't erase etc etc... I am embarrassed if any of you got the job and work here with me.

Mark on

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This happened to me once. Really not fun.

Myles on

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I would just Erase the Blender!

Jib on

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Pretty easy. The average pencil is about 8 inches long. My blender is about 12 inches high. So, if I were the height of the pencil, I'd just climb up on the blade connection at the center of the blender base (about 2 inches up from the base) and leap to the top edge of the side of the blender and hoist myself over to safety.

LS Meron on

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Dudes, this is Govt Sachs... "I'd rip the blade off the bottom of the blender, smash out the side of the blender, then go looking for something to kill and eat." I want the job. Right now. RstJ

RstJ on

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I would be concerned as to who shrank me and why they wished to blend me

you on

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I would do a jumping sidekick as high as possible to create enough leverage and momentum as to topple the blender. Hence, liberation.

Sunny on

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I would wait until someone came by. Surely they would think "what the heck is a pencil doing in that blender" and lift me out. I mean really......who wants a pencil in their blender?

Chris on

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It's impossible that a human would become a pencil. But, if you would like to compare a pencil as a human, so that a blender would be a obstacle or trouble in work. Normally, people put pencil into a blender to sharpen it. A sharpened pencil would be better in writing. So that, to be put in a blender means that to improve myself. If that so, I would not get out or runaway.

tumza007lnw on

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I would wait until they put ice in it and climb out or if it was liquid I would float to the top and climb out. If there was nothing put inside of the blender, I would as the others said........use my legs and arms to climb up the glass and get out. Your right beamreach it doesn't read if you became a pencil it.

jis_98@yahoo.com on

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Well, the blender is filled with pina colada's and hotties, so I wouldn't get out.

Seriously? on

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A four day interview with Goldman is very much like being shrunk down in size while dangling above certain death. My answer would be, "Accept a different job offer".

Ian Robertson on

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They ask this question because this actually happened to Lloyd Blankfein once.

RobM on

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I'll let you know when I have been shrunked to the size of a pencil, put in a blender and somehow managed to get out.

tolikfox on

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I believe in the original version of this question there was the threat that the blender would soon be turned on. If that was the case, and we are considering this scenario literally and not metaphorically, we can assume in this scenario that A) You are a tiny person and B) Your immediate surroundings are much larger than you, but arranged in a way that is familiar. (You know what a blender is). It is then only a matter of observing your surroundings and recognizing what type of blender it is. If it is a traditional blender with smooth glass sides and a rotating pair of blades at the bottom, I'd assume you should probably stand at the center of the blades- when the blender is turned on, you may get dizzy but will be unharmed until whatever giant using the blender stops the blender to try and figure out what is wrong. Though, if you have the time, unscrewing the single bolt that holds the blades down and removing the blades from the axis will keep you from having to worry about getting dizzy- you've effectively removed the immediate danger without permenantly damaging this strange giant's kitchen appliance (he can easily screw the blades back later if he likes, for smoothies). Hopefully when the giant tips out the blender or sticks his hand in to figure out what's wrong, you can get out of your terrible situation. If it is not too terrible and violent a giant, try and make friends with the giant. If it is a scary giant, then you should leave.

Lindsey on

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If I am the size of a pencil I am certainly tall enough to reach up and pull myself out of a blender. Any other stupid questions?

Anonymous on

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Stand on a blade, reach up to the rim of the blender and pull myself out.

Anonymous on

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Wake up out of the dream, and be someone who is already 'out of the blender', life size, holding the blender in my hand as if the whole thing is, and was, already in my power to transform. Confident, not letting anyone have control over me, while working with, not against, the elements and props (people in the business world) at hand - It is a matter of projection, an image to uphold and feel in control about yourself - moving fluid and flexible, while staying in tact with yourself. Not feeling flustered or desperate, but smiling - calm, ready for anything and poised.

Stacey Lynn (Harger) on

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If you are the size of a pencil, then span the width of the blender, above the liquid and wait for the blending to be done... Than you can be poured out and have a little lunch on the way out.

Anonymous on

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There are two ways to get out, either reverse the process by contemplating how they shrunk me and become what I was before and automatically I am get out, or if it is not possible then when they shrunk me my all energy condensed in that tiny pencil so I am with more force full energy and I will use that energy to jump up high and get out of blender.

Anonymous on

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I read this and laughed and laughed even harder at the answers yes their is an answer. ...... the answer to how you would get out is... as a functioning whole! To explain this is simple. Here it goes ... if you were shrunk down to the size of a pencil and put into a blender how would you get out? Finish the meaning of the word integrate to break down and blend together to make a functioning whole after all integration is the key the essence of value production and wealth generation

Ron Osborne ronjosborne@gmail on

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I read this and laughed and laughed even harder at the answers yes their is an answer. ...... the answer to how you would get out is... as a functioning whole! To explain this is simple. Here it goes ... if you were shrunk down to the size of a pencil and put into a blender how would you get out? Finish the meaning of the word integrate to break down and blend together to make a functioning whole after all integration is the key the essence of value production and wealth generation

Ron Osborne ronjosborne@gmail on

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Well seeming how a pencil, I'm assuming we are talking about a manual pencil, main component is wood and led I would only stand one chance. You see the wood is a conductor of heat and lead a of electricity. I would use my X-Men powers which, you didn't know, got 500 times stronger when I was shrunk, start a fire and smash my way out. Hey you didn't say I couldn't have super powers; now did you?! HA!

Max on

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"If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?" since i am still human according to the question and the average blender is approximately the same height as a new pencil.. since arms extend above the average body approximately 25-30% above one's head. I would simply lift the lid if in place and climb out ( as i am in rather good physical condition )

albruno on

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I would use the metal from the blades to make me a protective jacket so next time I am prepared

pappad on

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I would stand in the center of the blender's blade, feet clinched to the center bolt, wait patiently for someone to turn on the blender. When that moment arrives I would spread my arms wide like a propeller and hopefully the spinning force of the blade propels me up out of the container.

John Destacamento on

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2nd Answer. Wait for someone to make a smoothie and as they poured juice I would be able to tread swim to the top and climb out.

John Destacamento on

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I would "figure" a way out

Philip on

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Disapparate.

pjxmas95 on

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The question's language is broad enough to interpret what is trying to solicit in multiple ways, the easier of which to answer is "what is the most likely way I'd be removed from a blender if I were a pencil?" In that case, it would be a human being pulling me out, or a seismic event causing the blender to tip over and spill me out.

Edward Hoffman on

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I would take off my pants and jacket and cut both in half with the blade. Then tie them together with a shoe on the end and throw it over the edge so it could wrap around the blender's handle. Voila!

Crystal on

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I would use my weigh to tip over the blender! Because always looking up to find the answer isn't the best approach sometimes you have to look for a solution at a different angle!

Alex Onesti on

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I would ask some one of normal size to help. Know when you can and cannot go it alone.

Les on

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I would just blend in

Nandkumar on

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There is such thing as Size to Size ratio which says if you are shrunk down to more then half your size and or weight, it is possible to jump up to 3 to 8 feet in the air. This is like a video. If you change the size the pixels become clear and faster. SO I would simply jump out of the blender.

Gavin Delgatto on

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Since I will be of a size of a pencil, I will be longer that the width of the blender jar. I can use my feet and hands to press against the walls of the jar at the ends of the diameter of the jar and slowly climb up to get out.

Karthik on

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I will stand in the middle of the Blade and wait until it rotates and when it rotates it will throw me out of the blender using air

Samir Mohammad Nazir on

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Open the bottom and release the waste.

Suzanne on

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overwrite E to U BLUNDER and leave it to other deal with it.

Sam on

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I want to preface this by saying that I would hate to play D&D with you guys - most of you are stuck on the technicalities without paying any attention to the situation. There is no "correct" answer. The answer you provide is a measure of creativity, not a statement of knowledge or fact. The question states that you were "put into" the blender. Assuming that you're not in some sort of factory setting (a kitchen is more likely) it's pretty safe to assume that a person has placed you in there. As a pencil-sized person, it would certainly be no stretch to call yourself "leprechaun-like", and as such, I would have no qualms smiling, dancing, and insisting that my would-be captor allow me to take him to my great fortune of gold. Coming from a person of such stature, it would be much more difficult to immediately discount such a claim. Surely, it would at least dissuade him from blending you. In fact, let's just assume that the reason he put you in the blender in the first place was with the intent to capture and threaten you - because let's face it, you walk like a leprechaun, you talk like a leprechaun...whether or not you ARE a leprechaun is completely irrelevant for all intents and purposes because you may as well be one! And how do leprechauns escape? They lead the captor on with simple, easy to follow instructions while looking for the first opportunity they have to "disappear". The question states only that you are proportionately challenged, not mentally challenged, as most of you seem to have assumed.

You people are BORING no wonder you can't find jobs! on

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I would draw a door and get out of it!!!

At Home on

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Get the eraser stuck to your head to pry open the lid and get out.

Raj on

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Run around in the blender fast enough so the centrifugal force pushes you out.

Marcus on

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Stand on the center shaft of the blade. The upward thrust during rotation should pop you out

Asha on

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Brad's answer is the right thinking but the wrong conclusion. If you were reduced in size by factor x, then... Your new volume would be: 1/x But your new height would be: cuberoot(x) (or, in other words, 1/x^3) 1/x >> 1/x^3 so you would decrease in height by a greater amount than your decrease in size

Shaun on

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If I am the size of pencil, I can easily stick to the side of the container or just stay above the blade. Just wait till the outlet is open and slip out of it. :)

Parmider Sandhu on

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Analytical Problem Solving

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