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# Math help!

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by gwalchmai, Dec 9, 2002.

1. ### gwalchmaiLucky Member

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3 men go into a motel. The desk clerk said the room was \$30, so each man paid \$10 and went to the room. A while later, the desk clerk realized the room was only \$25, so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guys' room with \$5.

On the way, the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split \$5 evenly between 3 men, so he gave each man \$1 and kept the other \$2 for himself.

This meant that the 3 men each paid \$9 for the room, which is a total of \$27. Add to that the \$2 the bellboy kept and the total is \$29. Where is the other dollar?

2. ### GlocksRockNo California

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Good question, is there an answer?

3. ### gwalchmaiLucky Member

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Yes.

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We have to look at exactly where the money is going. If we look at the orginial 30 dollars, the owner keeps 25, the clerk gets 2 and the guys get 3 back.

Ok, that adds up. Now how much did they actually pay?
Well 27 dollars, and 25 of it went to the owner and 2 to the clerk.

The problem is the \$2 the clerk gets is being added to the \$27, when it is already included, essentially guy paid for a \$25 room at tipped the clerk \$2.

5. ### gwalchmaiLucky Member

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Yes, that's it, just not the way I was seeing it.

6. ### David_G17/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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i was told eistein came up with htis joke, and presented it in a speech at MIT.

-and yes, there is an answer, but i can't remember it ;g

7. ### HiddenEyesIt can be done

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You don't add the \$2 back in.

They each paid \$9. because the bellboy kept \$2.

If you subtract \$2 from \$27 you get \$25.

Just a simple math problem set up to confuse you. This is why I did not do better in school

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8. ### David N.

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The math is trivial. But more importantly, what were three men doing getting a cheap motel room?

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