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The Peculiar Accident

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Puzzle ID:#11696
Fun:*** (2.72)
Difficulty:** (1.92)
Submitted By:od-1Aca****
Corrected By:bookworm91




Mr. Redneck was in a peculiar tea drinking accident that left him unable to suck in any way. (I said it was a peculiar accident.) His jaw was wired shut and both his arms were broken so he couldn't reach his mouth. His wife left him a drink on the table before leaving him all alone to go shopping. He was very thirsty but could not suck fluid through a straw or tip the drink in order to drink it. Then he noticed that his drink was in one of those sealed boxes where only the straw can enter through a small sealed hole. He leaned forward and drank it. Without tipping it or using any special devices (other than the straw) how was he able to get the drink out of the container?

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Apr 22, 2003


This was refreshing. Although I got the answer with little effort, It was pleasing to see something quirky I have done (and sure others have at some point in their box-juice days) come to Braingle.
Apr 22, 2003

Can you imagine how many shirst I messed up doing this?
Apr 22, 2003

[shirts]. ..And yes, I have grown out of it.
Apr 23, 2003

My kids like to mess up each others shirts using this method.
May 02, 2003

Just like Capri Sun
Jan 27, 2004

Alternative solution: No damage was done to his neck during this tea-drinking accident, so it would seem all he has to do is - with straw in mouth - push down on the drink box with mouth/lips using his neck's mobility to create the same increase in pressure from within. (This solution would seem to yield a more consistent flow, seeing as how he was so thirsty )

Nice teaser.
Dec 29, 2004

I could be wrong, but I dont think, that if you couldn't suck, you could blow (so to speak). Sucking is the rush of air to the lungs, when the lungs expand; the air simply fills the cavity. The opposite is true for blowing... so.. =P

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