The Reclining Man Square

Once, a statue was being erected in a busy street in China, when it was discovered that the legs of the statue had broken in the transit. The town mayor was to inaugurate the statue in a few hours and everybody got nervous about how to replace it in the meantime.

The clever workers realized that using two hinges they could support the statue in a reclining position.

And that is how the Reclining Man Square was born!

Β© 2013 Ankita Kala

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  1. Very nice. πŸ™‚ That would be a typical piece of Asian ingenuity for something like that. And then say it was intended that way all along.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Hehe.. Thanks πŸ™‚
      Glad you stopped by..

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  2. Abraham says:

    πŸ™‚
    For some reason, this reminds me of one of the Superman movies, where Superman straightens the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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    1. Ankita says:

      Actually, now you said it, even i’m reconsidering it
      πŸ™‚

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  3. My favorite art teacher used to say, “If you make a mistake, make it look planned.”

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    1. Ankita says:

      Probably art’s the only field where we can do this without it being noticed by anybody else!

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  4. kz says:

    yey for resourcefulness πŸ™‚ it’s an awesome trait

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    1. Ankita says:

      Oh yeah! πŸ™‚ It makes the best out of the worst πŸ™‚

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  5. muZer says:

    Hehe.. That’s pretty clever. πŸ™‚ Great take on the pic.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  6. Ankita, it’s a perfect example of ingenuity at work and your take was also ingenious.

    janet

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    1. Ankita says:

      Hey Janet,
      Thank you so much for your appreciation! πŸ™‚
      Ankita

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  7. Thanks for clearing that up! lol

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    1. Ankita says:

      Hehe.. My pleasure! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  8. Sandra says:

    Lateral thinking at its best. Nice one!

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    1. Ankita says:

      Hey! Thanks a lot! πŸ˜€

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  9. Iris says:

    You just solved a mystery that has been bothering me for years! But seriously, this is excellent in its ingenuity.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Haha.. πŸ˜‰
      Thank you so much for your appreciation! πŸ™‚

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  10. Joe Owens says:

    Lemons from lemonades! Sometimes there has to be an unplanned alternative to save the day.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Lemons from lemonades! πŸ˜€ Superb! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for dropping by and commenting! πŸ™‚

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  11. Tom Poet says:

    First up always get a comment….Fast thinking all the way around. Nice work.
    Tom

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thanks a lot Tom! πŸ™‚

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  12. oscarjamieson says:

    Heh, quite a simple and lovely piece. Well done!

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

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  13. annisik51 says:

    This reads like a folk story. It’s funny, but not so far from truth. I’ve done similar myself with a sculpture! And often, as an artist, an ‘accident’ leads to a revelation. I swear to this day that a splop of black paint dropped accidentally onto a sheet of paper won me a national art competition and thus also the school art prize! I dropped the black under the feet of a figure running a race. I saw that it made a black shadow and gave my painting a ‘temperature’. I dropped black paint under the feet of all the runners in the race. I was 10 years old at the time. It’s not the accident, but what you make of it, just like your story! Ann

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    1. Ankita says:

      Hey Ann,
      I also felt like it’s a folk story after I read it for the first time after writing!
      Oh what a revelation it must have been at 10 to find that paint dropped accidentally can lead to a prize! Most kids would be scared they spoiled their chances.Right! ‘Temperature’. But I can imagine the effect must have been stunning.
      Yes, it’s not the accident, but what you make of it! We’ve both proved it! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for sharing such a lovely incident! πŸ™‚
      Ankita

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      1. annisik51 says:

        Unfortunately for them the other kids weren’t as clumsy!

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      2. annisik51 says:

        Unfortunately for them, the other kids weren’t so clumsy with their paint!

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      3. Ankita says:

        Clumsy is not the correct word! Smart is! πŸ™‚

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  14. A true fun! A perfect example of the universal talent of Indians – Jugaad πŸ˜€

    Would you plz read mine too? plz

    http://yourstoryclub.com/short-stories-love/romance-short-story-tonight-you-are-mine/

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    1. Ankita says:

      Absolutely Ankit! But this story is about China! πŸ™‚

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      1. But my point is – The story is by an Indian. Right?
        And its just that some of our talents have flown to our neighbouring country πŸ˜‰

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      2. Ankita says:

        Hehe..yes! Now i got your point! πŸ™‚

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  15. Very good, yes a reclining man needs to be square.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Heh! Yes! And squared he has been! πŸ™‚
      Thanks a lot for your appreciation! πŸ™‚

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  16. Clever explanation, and funny!

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

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  17. Clever move by them and clever story by you. Nice work!

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

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  18. elmowrites says:

    Haha, resourceful workers indeed!

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    1. Ankita says:

      Indeed! Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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  19. claireful says:

    Simple! Nice story.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

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  20. Sunshine says:

    good & clever explanation…:)

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thanks sunshine!
      And i love your name πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      1. Sunshine says:

        hiihihihiiihi!! you’re welcome!! πŸ™‚

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