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Timothy Johnson

Roger - great post! And I'm very excited to see you have a blog. I've been a fan of yours for about 12 years, and I even use your "Kick in the Seat of the Pants" book in the Creativity for Business MBA course I teach. I love this exercise!

And I see a mechanic mooning somebody as he's bent over to work on an engine. :)

Nedra Weinreich

Hi Roger,
This reminds me of the Stick Figures in Peril Flickr group, where people upload photos of various warning signs and others comment with very funny alternative meanings to the symbols. You could get a lot of mileage out of that for this exercise!

David Armano

So what is that little line connecting the ball to the bag represent? ;)

I think it's great to look at anything and see something else in it. This is why cloud watching is such a great creative exercise. So it's especially interesting to look at something that's meant to convey information clearly and see something else that was not intended.

So, given my recent stint with several herneated discs in my lower back, here is what I see. I see someone who is about to blow out their lower back because they are not bending their knees. Actually, the big person has no knees—and he's about to pick up that little person...

Ouch! Next think you know he's stuck in an MRI with his eyes shut tight to avoid feeling trapped and all the while thinking about happier days like the day he went bowling alone with his favorite ball. :)


Love that game as well and actually do it all the time. Just like cloud watching as well (right David!).

Well, as someone who recently had a bad stiff neck (and hopefully not anymore), I bent my head to the right and hear "Baby you can drive my boat... Beep beep'm beep beep yeah" ; )

Roger von Oech

Looks like everybody got their imaginations going with this post. Thanks Timothy, David, Mindblob, and Nedra for your comments.

I have to check out those stick figures in peril. Sounds like a lot of fun!



Considering the season, I couldn't help but see someone carving a turkey, belly side up.

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