cube maketh a person?
December 6, 2006
Yesterday, my friend was playing with (trying to solve) Rubik’s cube, and I got re-fascinated by it. Childhood flashback: I remember I took it apart to find out what made it work that way, the mechanism inside fascinated me more than the cube itself. And now, I am a mechanical engineer.
That got me thinking, does the direction of curiousity tell anything about the person’s penchant for a particular discipline? Here are some generalisations that my demented mind churned out, and named it aptly “Pavan’s Theory on babies and cubes”:
If you give a Rubik’s cube to a baby, and if he breaks it apart, then he is destined to become a mechanical engineer, like the humble me.
- If the baby throws the cube, and tries to catch it, or throws it for the dog to catch and bring it back, he would be a sportsperson.
- If the baby throws the cube at the baby-next-cradle, then accept the fact that it would be a terrorist
- If the baby asks the baby-next-cradle to solve the cube.. first politely, and then taking its milk bottle as ransom, then it would grow up to become a manager
- If the baby uses the cube to reach to the mirror by stepping on it, then it would be a super-model
- If the baby hides the cube within 4 seconds, by hiding it in the diapers, then he has two options: becoming a magician like David Copperfield or a famous thief/con like Daniel Ocean
- If the baby instantly starts solving the cube, then either he is a genius, or a good actor.
- If the baby takes out the color stickers and puts them in order (instead of solving it), then beware.. you have a hacker-baby!
- If the baby trades the cube for a farex can or a milk-bottle, then he could be a politician or a successful businessman.
- If the baby expects incentives like kisses or undue attention from the people around, to get him started with solving the cube, he shall be a Government officer (or politician?)
- If the baby starts documenting about the cube, without even knowing what it is supposed to do with it, then it would be a great Bureaucrat.
- If the baby instantly starts googling for the cube-solving-algorithms, then you have a programmer-baby or a grad student in the making!
- If the baby tries to insert the cube up its nose, then you have a budding comedian!
And, last but not the least, if the baby starts chewing the cube, then worry not, you have a normal baby! All the others (above) were abnormal psychos/freaks.