“Come up with 20 uses for a brick.” It sounds crazy, but it’s actually a job interview question these days to test whether you can think creatively.
For a class exercise, we were asked to think of 20 different uses for a brick. Here goes…
- Museum exhibit. Make up a brief, entirely incorrect history, write it on a plaque, put the brick in a glass case, charge admission for people to see the famous brick that is featured in the album art for Pink Floyd’s The Wall
- A prop in a staging of The Three Little Pigs (there’s a brick house involved, right?)
- Killing a spider that’s on the floor by dropping a brick on it
- Killing a spider that’s on the wall by throwing the brick at it
- Marking where you buried your fortune (unless you’re enrolled in college, in which case you can bury your tears)
- Wearing it as a hat in a very high-fashion magazine to start a brick trend
- Pet rock. Well, brick.
- Starting a modern art movement in which you simply name the brick Table (a la Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain that was actually a urinal)
- Carrying it around with you when walking alone late at night, in case you need to bash someone’s face in. In fact, why don’t I already carry a giant brick with me everywhere I go? What a brilliant solution for women everywhere! No one should have to feel unsafe at night because they don’t carry a brick with them!
- Place it on a marble surface with coffee and/or flowers for a beautifully arranged, artsy shot to post on Instagram with #nofilter
- Paperweight. Except, like, an ironic paperweight. One you could buy at Urban Outfitters.
- Furniture. The possibilities are endless.
- To use for weight lifting in your room so you have yet another excuse to not go to a gym
- Yet another useless thing to take up space in your closet
- Musical instrument.
- Torture instrument (for your neighbors, when you use it as a musical instrument)
- Mode of transportation? It’s a stretch, but at least you know bricks won’t spontaneously combust like those hoverboards…
- I don’t know, building something.
- Prop the door to your apartment building with it because you keep forgetting the code to get in.
- Smartphone. Because maybe if we all used bricks as phones, we would talk to each other more in person.
There you have it. 20 uses for a brick, and my surprising capacity for thinking of ways to make a profit.