Coconut GroveSituation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.
This is a true story:
An American nightclub called the Coconut Grove had a terrible fire in which over 400 people died. Everyone was conscious and would have had the ability to get out of the building under normal circumstances, but they couldn't.
HintIt has to do with a design flaw in the building. This flaw led to the death toll being so high. Subsequently, regulations were changed to ensure that all public buildings throughout the country eliminated this one detail which proved so deadly.
AnswerThe doors at the Coconut Grove opened inward. In the mad dash to escape the fire, people were crushed against the doors and couldn't pull them open. After the Coconut Grove disaster in 1942, all public buildings had to have doors which opened outward.
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