Silly Ideas That Actually Solved Serious Problems

There are a few tried-and-true ways to solve a conflict: You can talk it out, hire a mediator, or just start throwing bricks around you until all of the things that disagree with you are either unconscious or dead or have fled. Those are the standard ways, though some try a more unconventional approach. (click for full) http://goo.gl/M56wKS
  1. A Decades-Long Conflict Is Solved With A Sex Strike
    In short, while the men of Dado were waging war, the women were talking, and all of them decided that they would withhold sex from their husbands if they insisted on continuing their petty conflict.
  2. Two Companies Resolve A Dispute With An Arm-Wrestling Match
    So, in front of a group of 60 spectators, Ware and Cosford faced off in a battle of the biceps in Auckland. And it wasn't exactly low-stakes -- Ware's company stood to lose around $200,000 NZ if Cosford won. But Ware was confident that he could easily take down the rival CEO, because Cosford was "shorter ... and an accountant."
  3. Conflicts In A Peruvian Village Are Settled By Residents Beating The Crap Out Of Each Other
    The tradition is known as Takanakuy, and it takes place twice per year, in July and again just after Christmas. The only rules of Takanakuy (besides the informal one that dictates everybody being incredibly drunk) are that you can't be wearing any rings on your hands, and that refusing a challenge means that you concede victory to your challenger. Basically, it's a bare-knuckle fist-fight between any locals who have some kind of grudge.
  4. A Police Confrontation Is Resolved With A Dance-Off
    Student Aaliyah Taylor decided that she could ward off the cops with her superior krumping skills. But a D.C. police officer who was called to the scene was, as witnesses described, all like, "Aw hell naw." She, in turn, started dancing back right in front of Taylor, thus triggering an all-out legal dance-off.
  5. A Corporate Conflict Is Resolved By Rock-Paper-Scissors
    In 2005, Japanese millionaire Takashi Hashiyama, decided to sell his $20 million art collection, and two auction companies, Christie's International and Sotheby's, fought to handle the lucrative contract. Takashi, an eccentric (aren't all millionaires?) whose collection included rare paintings from Cezanne, Picasso, and Van Gogh, couldn't decide which company to go with, so he decided to settle the matter with the ancient tradition of Rock, Paper, Scissors.