The members in a family who are living in a Metropolitan City had the habit of finishing every night's dinner with a cool dessert. Every night all family members will vote for their favorite flavor of ice cream and the father of the family will have to go to nearest ice cream shop every night and buy the flavor that was chosen on majority.
This practice of buying ice creams for family each night continued for months. Meanwhile, the family switched over to a new car and the father very happily started going to ice cream shop and in the new car.
After he started driving the new vehicle he faced a peculiar problem. Whenever, vanilla flavored ice creams were bought, the car will not start after it was stopped in front of ice cream parlor for ice creams. Those nights when which other flavors were bought the car had no problem in starting after ice creams were bought.
The local car service persons couldn't do much for this problem. Then the confused father wrote to the head of the Car Company.
The President of the car company took this as a challenge and sent the most dependable Engineer the company had.
An on-site meeting was arranged after family's dinner time was over and the Engineer was explained about the problem that the car created. The Engineer accompanied the father for purchasing the ice creams. This meeting continued for a week and each day different flavors of ice creams were bought. The intelligent Engineer identified the problem exactly and reported the same to his boss. Can you guess what could have been the exact problem?
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The Engineer could also find that whenever vanilla ice creams were bought the car did not start. But he could not believe the family's version that the car is allergic to Vanilla Ice Cream. At one point of time, he could realize that he is influenced by the opinion of the family. So, he started thinking in other angles apart from vanilla theory. At last he found out the exact problem.
he began to take notes he jotted down all sorts of data time of day, type of gas uses, time to drive back and forth etc.
In a short time, he had a clue the man took less time to buy vanilla than any other flavor. This is because the ice cream shop took very less time for providing Vanilla Flavor. But, for the other flavors, the shop keeper took more time to serve.
Now, the question for the Engineer was why the car wouldn't start when it took less time.
Once time became problem – not the vanilla ice cream Eureka!!!! The engineer quickly came up with the answer: "vapour lock".
It was happening every night; but the extra time taken to get the other flavors allowed the engine to cool down sufficiently to start. When the man got vanilla, the engine was still too hot for the vapour lock to dissipate.
So then, even crazy looking problems are sometimes real and all problems seem to be simple only when we find the solution with a cool thinking.