17 November 2013

Rules can't stop me!

I love this picture! I think it brilliantly illustrates an important creative skill testers need: the ability to see beyond and challenge existing rules.

... And it got me thinking; what other ways can I think of that would/could fool a genie. Here's a quick list, I would love to hear your creative solutions as well:

  • Wish for the ability to grant wishes
  • Wish for every lamp you touch to contain a genie
  • Wish that the genie will keep forgetting that it has already granted you a wish
  • Wish that the genie stopped having/followed rules (seems dangerous though!)
  • Wish that no wish you make counts towards the limit
  • Wish there would pop out a different genie every time you rubbed the lamp
  • Find out a way to express all your wishes as one wish
  • Wish there was a much higher limit than 3
  • Wish that 3 changed meaning to unlimited (consequences once again)
  • Wish "I want to change into a new but identical person" as your third and final wish
  • Wish the genie inscrutiating pain whenever he decides to decline you a wish.
  • Wish... now it's your turn!


  1. Let me try...

    * Wish that every wish you make restarts your wishes count
    * Wish that the genie accepts also "requests", besides "wishes", and "requests" have no limit for a single person
    * Wish that the genie has to accomplish the wishes as they are pronounced until you say that your wish is "done" (and you never say it ;-) )
    * Wish that the genie has to ask for confirmation for the granted wish to count in your account or not, but that does not prevent him to grant it to you
    * Wish that everything you rub in a specific way makes a genie pop out of it
    * Wish that the next lamp you rub will contain a genie with an account of infinite wishes to grant
    * Wish that all wishes asked are granted to you but count in a different person's account every time (this is not strictly infinite, but almost...)

    Hahah, fun! Cheers!

    -- Mauri

    1. This was exactly what I was hoping for, lovely! Thank you Mauri!

      ... and I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoyed coming up with ways to fool the genie .)

    2. * I wish I was a genie so I could make my wishes and other persosn wishes come true whenever I like

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