He’s the guy developing electric cars, has a private space shuttle company, helped create PayPal and was the inspiration for “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” Tony Stark from the Iron Man and Avengers movies. To top it all off – Elon Musk also did a cameo appearance in Iron Man 2 – there’s a few clips on Youtube.
There’s an upcoming biography on Elon Musk which describes how he handles job interviews. Musk appears disinterested and may not pay any attention to the potential job applicant at the start of the interview. Once the interview progresses along, Musk asks a riddle –
“You’re standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?”
Some thinking space is left here for you to ponder.
My initial thought was it depends on where you start and I ended up with the answer North West or West. However I forgot about the last part of the riddle – you end up where you start.
The answer to the riddle is actually you are either standing at the North Pole or conversely at the South Pole instead.
Here’s a diagram to represent the scenario – the blue dot represents the starting point of the journey, a person standing on the North Pole. It’s followed by 1) moving south, 2) moving west and then 3) heading north and back to the original starting location. The red circle with stick arms represents a person.
Did you know that when you’re standing at the North Pole*, rugged up in arctic gear and holding a compass in one hand – that all directions point to South? 🙂
*If you were willing enough to stand on unstable ice.
Worthy reading and initial source: http://mashable.com/2015/05/13/elon-musk-job-interview/
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