math riddle  

fortunaswm 63M/53F
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7/14/2006 11:58 am

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math riddle

I know this an old one that most have seen before - but, has always been a favorite and I was inticed to post it after reading a mathmatical blog from QueenOfSwords

Three pipefitters are travelling together, and they stop to get a motel room near the job site.

The clerk tells them the cost is $30 per night. They each pay $10.

Later, the clerk discovers that they were entitled to a discount, and should only have been charged $25. So he gives the $5 to the bell hop and tells him to return it to the 3 fitters. As the bell hop is walking to their room he is trying to figure out how to split the $5 amongst the 3. He decides to give them each $1 and keep the remaining $2 for himself as a tip.

So, with their $1 rebate, the fitters have paid a total of (3x9) = $27. And the bell hop has $2. That is a total of (27+2)= $29.

What happened to the other dollar?

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
7/14/2006 12:13 pm

I've thought and thought about this one. And I think it's just how you're doing the math. Because they really only paid $25.

But what the heck! The extra dollar is in my bra. I double dog dare you to get it out with your teeth!

fortunaswm replies on 7/14/2006 12:36 pm:

That's were I was thinking it was too.
No dares needed - be happy to release your reponsibilities to it.
However, thinking I may get distracted and forget about the dollar !

free2chose2 67F

7/14/2006 12:45 pm

He gave them each 33cents and kept a penny?

Don't worry, be Happy

fortunaswm replies on 7/14/2006 12:57 pm:
I'm thinking the whole thing is a hoax and kept whole $5

Thanks for visit.

rm_DaphneR 59F
8023 posts
7/14/2006 1:59 pm

25+3+2=30 That's the equasion you should use. The cost of the room was 25, plus the 3 dollars each was given back adds up to 28, not 27, the number used when saying they each paid 9.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

fortunaswm replies on 7/14/2006 4:06 pm:
This is why I love reading your blog Daph - you can be so analytical.
I am pleasantly surprised by your visit - and not at all surprised with your surprised with your response.

Thanks, fort

smoothnjuicy4u 51F

7/14/2006 2:12 pm

Im not even gonna try, my mind and math dont go well together

fortunaswm replies on 7/14/2006 4:10 pm:
OK then, let us start at the beginning - 1+1=2, except when it = 3. Got it??

Thanks for the visit smooth, fort

adbacula 38M

7/15/2006 10:07 pm

Hi fortunaswm,

I used to have fun with people using that joke. It's just so easy to keep leading them the wrong way.


fortunaswm replies on 7/16/2006 5:27 am:
Yeh, it's a fun play with words. I think Daph nailed it - it's all in how the words are arranged. Thank you for the visit, fort

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