Forrest Gump – Lateral Thinking

By P Chong                                                       Thurs. 18 March 2010


Many of you would know Forrest Gump from the feature film in 1994 starring Tom Hanks . . . a fictional character from the novel (1986) by Winston Groom. Forrest, while not intelligent, has accidentally been a war hero, a great table tennis player, a great marathon runner . . . among other successes except one, the love of his life, Jenny.

Be surprised how Forrest Gump, slow-witted no doubt, comes out with his “unusual” answers when posed with the test questions from St Peter as a requirement for entry to Heaven. Forrest demonstrates how to rise to the occasion when confronted with situational difficulties . . . that is, to have the ability to think outside the box!

Forrest Gump Died & Went To Heaven.

The day finally arrived. Forrest Gump died and went to Heaven. He was at the Pearly Gates, met by St. Peter himself. However, the gates were closed, and Forrest approached the gatekeeper.

St. Peter said, “Well, Forrest, it is certainly good to see you. We have heard a lot about you I must tell you, though, that the place is filling up fast, and we have been administering an entrance examination for everyone. The test is short, but you have to pass before you can goto Heaven.”

Forrest responded, “It sure is good to be here, St. Peter, sir. But nobody ever told me about any entrance exam. I sure hope that the test ain’t too hard. Life was a big enough test as it was.”

St. Peter continued, “Yes, I know, Forrest, but the test is only three questions.

First:

What two days of the week begin with the letter T?

Second:

How many seconds are there in a year?

Third:

What is God’s first name?”

Forrest left to think the questions over. He returned the next day and saw St Peter, who waved him up, and said, “Now that you have had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers”

Forrest replied, “Well, the first one — which two days in the week begins with the letter ‘T’? Shucks, that one is easy. That would be Today and Tomorrow.”

The Saint’s eyes opened wide and he exclaimed, “Forrest, that is not what I was thinking, but you do have a point, and I guess I did not specify, so I will give you credit for that answer. How about the next one?” asked St. Peter. “How many seconds in a year?”

Now that one is harder,” replied Forrest, “but I thunk and thunk about that, and I guess the only answer can be twelve.”

Astounded, St. Peter said, “Twelve? Twelve? Forrest, how in Heaven’s name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?”

Forrest replied, “Shucks, there’s got to be twelve: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd . . . “

Hold it,” interrupted St. Peter. “I see where you are going with this, and I see your point, though that was not quite what I had in mind . . . but I will have to give you credit for that one, too. Let us go on with the third and final question.

Can you tell me God’s first name?”

Sure,” Forrest replied, “it’s Andy.”

Andy?” exclaimed an exasperated and frustrated St Peter. “Ok, I can understand how you came up with your answers to my first two questions, but just how in the world did you come up with the name Andy as the first name of God?”

Shucks, that was the easiest one of all,” Forrest replied.I learnt it from the song:

‘ANDY WALKS WITH ME, ANDY TALKS WITH ME, ANDY TELLS ME I AM HIS OWN.’”

St. Peter opened the Pearly Gates, and said: “Run Forrest, run.”

One thought on “Forrest Gump – Lateral Thinking

  1. Wan Chwee Seng

    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for all the very interesting forwards and this simple and interesting explanation on ‘lateral thinking’. This is more interesting than Edward de Bono’s book on lateral thinking.
    With very warm regards,
    Chwee Seng

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