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Two Telephone Booths

Updated on December 5, 2009

"What if you’re standing between two telephone booths and you really need to use one. You can only choose one…

the one on the left is functioning well,

but someone is inside…

the one on the right is empty,

but you’re not sure if it’s broken…

Are you going to wait for the one on the left even if you’re not sure when the person inside would leave?

Or would you rather take the chance offered by the right booth even if you’re not certain it would work?"

That’s one of the most absurd questions I’ve been asked ever. Back in school I still remember my friend’s so-serious-face asking me about that scenario. I instantly answered the right booth as my choice. It doesn’t make sense if you won’t try the empty one right?

But my friend’s face became like that one who hosts the “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” Then she told me not to take the question literally. And I was reminded to choose only one. I wondered what she meant to choose only one…Then the bell rang so we parted ways.

And I got it, she meant to take it deeper…Anyway, I wrote it and even stared at it many times during classroom discussions. Hearing it was different though. It was easier to reply. But reading it was like more complicated. Man, it was like crazy! More so if it struck the heart…

It could mean, who would you choose between the two persons: the one you love who’s into a relationship…or the one who loves you but you’re not sure if he really does…

In that case, I still don't get the sense of it. My answer would be none.

It could also mean a lot more different interpretations. I think it just depends on the one who reads it. Whatever he or she may relate into…

As for my friend, she copied my first answer LOL though she had a very different situation. I had another round of migraine as I heard another round of her story. Her phone booths really made me crazy.

That’s one tough of a question! I’d be glad to know which phone booth you’d choose ;p


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    • blaise25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Fehl Dungo 

      9 years ago from close to you...

      another bizarre hub of mine here hahaha Thanks for bringing me back in here, that silly question is still as crazy as before. But this time, I'm gonna go for the empty one. There's a reason why it's empty,right? And I'm gonna find out ;)

      Yup, your Cheeky Girl is right. Sometimes all of a sudden a broken thing just fixes itself up just for you..MAGIC! hahaha

      yup, more so like that metaphor..

      THANKS Cathy and Cheeky! ;)

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      9 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I could be a bit silly and bring Bill my buddy from the phone company with me and whichever one I would choose, he could fix it. I also have to admit, (with total help from Cheey Girl here behind me) that a person should never be afraid to try the broken one anyway. Sometimes a broken thing can sometimes fix itself all of a sudden. Isn't this about us deciding to agree if the "glass" is half empty or half full? Just a thought...

      Interesting Hub.

    • blaise25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Fehl Dungo 

      9 years ago from close to you...

      wow, you're like my regular visitor now Jam! ;p

      thanks for always commenting here and on my other blog site..

      I get the sense of what you're saying. Cheers!

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      9 years ago

      Hi nice posts you here, I'd say I'd pick the one on the left, as I'm sure it's working and like most "acquaintances" is that the person inside will only stay for a few minutes anyway, so waiting is never a problem...

      The one on the right is empty proving the possibility that it's simply "broken" or just not liked at all... cheers.

    • blaise25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Fehl Dungo 

      9 years ago from close to you...

      glad you did ;p

      thanks philip!

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      philip carey 61 

      9 years ago

      Thought provoking. I liked it.

    • blaise25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Fehl Dungo 

      9 years ago from close to you...


      congrats ;p

      @Peggy W

      yeah sounds silly and illogical anyway, thanks for dropping by and commenting. there's no "out of order sign" ;p

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Sounds like a silly question to pose for starters. If there was no "out of order" sign posted on the empty booth, this would be the logical selection.

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      Tony T 

      9 years ago from London UK

      Im engaged!!:D

    • blaise25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Fehl Dungo 

      9 years ago from close to you...

      thanks Waren ;p

      so who are you calling? ;p

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      Waren E 

      9 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

      I would try the empty one just to see if I can make it work!

      this was nice!

    • blaise25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Fehl Dungo 

      9 years ago from close to you...

      likewise, whichever my heart speaks... ;p

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      Howard Roark 

      9 years ago

      I say whichever booth Genevieve is in.

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      9 years ago

      i really like this. thanks for posting. :)

    • blaise25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Fehl Dungo 

      9 years ago from close to you...

      yeah,if no one would insist to choose only one lol

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      Vijay - Your Health Supplements Guide 

      9 years ago

      Nice post! I would rather take a chance with the telephone booth that is empty. If it works then it would turn out to be the right decision and if it doesn't then I would go out and wait for my turn for the one that's working. I think this would be a logical approach. :-)


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