The highest rated question on the site is an issue. How can we fight against lateral thinking puzzles when one of them is held up as an example?
While I agree that it's the best lateral thinking question I've ever seen, I don't think that means much. They're not really puzzles. Are we going to make the change we decided on and clean up the community or lose the momentum we've gained?
As of the time of posting, I'm the only downvote. I find this very disturbing. So, here's the real question. Do we downvote, flag, and take down these questions or do we allow lateral thinking questions as well as puzzles?
Edit: Here are some examples of other valid answers for the lateral thinking question at hand.
As a spy learned in drugs, you know that the drug used on you was derived from a rare tropical flower in Argentina. You could use some of the many words that are the same in either language, like amnesia or hospital to engage in conversation. As Scott Lawson suggested, you could look at the bolts keeping the chair down. The Foucault Pendulum is a bit of a stretch given how temperamental they are. As mentioned in the comments, it wouldn't work. I can understand bending a few things to make it tough to deduce, but not the laws of physics. People like this question because of the story, not the puzzle itself. That's the problem. The story is amazing and the puzzle is broken. While I think my puzzles are a little better than that, mine are popular for the same broken reason; people vote for good stories, not good puzzles.