Thomas' keys and drove the brand new Ferrari down into the bank's underground garage. He assured Thomas that it would be perfectly safe down there. Thomas then left the bank and caught his flight to his far away land. Anyway, two weeks went by and sure enough the bank opened Monday morning to see Thomas stroll in and slap the $5000 he had borrowed back on the counter, plus the interest which was around $15. The loan officer asked for the car to be brought round to the front of the bank and then asked Thomas a question. "Our bank prides itself in details and customer services," he said "and while you were away we did a background check, it's routine, and discovered you are actually one of the wealthiest men in America. Why on earth would you need to borrow $50co, it just doesn't make sense. "Thomas smiled, picked up the keys from the counter and said, "Can you tell me another way I could have parked my new Ferrari in the middle of New York for two weeks, for just $15, and still expect to get it back in top condition?" With that, Thomas walked out of the door and the loan officer smiled a bigger smile. Examples of applications of lateral or nonlinear thinking abound in several fields. In cricket, Kerry Packer introduced day/night matches and, colourful balls and clothing, a departure from tradition that became so successful that the whole world of cricket adopted it. Australia recently experimented with two different captains for the Test and one-day matches, nowadays, the T20 matches have become a rage. Lateral Thinking expert Edward de Bono says with logic, you start with certain ingredients, just as in chess you start out with given pieces. But what are those pieces? In most real-life situations, the pieces are not given, Just assume they are there. We assume certain perception, concepts and boundaries. 'One is always confusing conditioned thinking with creative thinking De Bono explains that lateral thinking is concerned not with playing with the existing pieces but with seeking to change those very pieces. It is concerned with the perception part of thinking.