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Once again I'm starting another thread that has nothing to do with woodworking and if I'm getting out of line I am sure that one of the moderators will tell me about it.

When I was about ten years old way way back in about 1948, I clearly recall one day sitting in the back seat of my Dad's Plymouth by myself. My Dad and and one of his friends were in the front seat visiting. We were parked in the driveway, and I was listening to the men visit.

My Dad's friend asked my Dad if he had ever heard the following riddle. It's an old one of course but a good one, if you have never heard if, you will probably like it to some extent if you happen to like riddles.

Here is the riddle. There were three men traveling across country, it was late in the evening and they decided to stop for the night and get a hotel room.

They found a hotel, went into the lobby and asked for a room for the three of them for the night. Now you will know that this is an old story because the price of the room for the night for the three men was $30. Each man paid ten dollars and went up to their room.

A little later the hotel manager realized that he had made a mistake about the price of the room. The price was only $25, not $30. So the manager called the Bell Boy and gave him five one dollar bills and told him to give the money to the three men that had just gotten the room.

When the Bell Boy was going up the stairs he started wondering how he was going to divide the five one dollar bills among the three men. He decided that what he would do would be to just give them each one dollar and he would keep two for himself, nobody would know the difference.

So when he got to the men's room he explained that the manager had made a mistake in the price and that each of the men had a dollar coming back and he gave each man a dollar bill and left.

O.K. at that point each man was out nine dollars not ten. nine times three is $27, the Bell boy kept two. 27 plus 2 is 29. Where did the other dollar go is the question or the riddle.

That riddle bothered me for years until I figured it out. I suspect that it is so old that most folks know all about it, but maybe there are one to two people that read this that have not heard it before.

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My concern is how he would charge them 25 bucks for three rooms which is 8.33333 dollars each instead of 9?

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$30-3=$27-2 for the Bellboy=$25. Another way to put it is that $1 ea was given back so $27 + $3=$30. The $2 the Bellboy kept isn't part of the equation.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.

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My concern is how he would charge them 25 bucks for three rooms which is 8.33333 dollars each instead of 9?

O.K. Rick, at least you are thinking about it. The men only paid for one room. They were all staying in that one room, so keep thinking.

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O.K. Rick, at least you are thinking about it. The men only paid for one room. They were all staying in that one room, so keep thinking.

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Ok I thought everyone was hetro back then lol

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Ok I thought everyone was hetro back then lol

Rick,
You're not a riddle guy are you, doesn't make you bad though.

I think you do have a point however, I just assumed that there were three separate beds in the room until you brought it up.

I'm really not very surprised that nobody but yourself has posted to the thread which proves something that I have suspected, but it is to early for me to come to a conclusion that is of any value t me.



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How about Tax?
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The tax is included in the $25 fee for the room. Will that info help you figure it out?
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It is a trick question, because the math in the riddle is wrong. As Chuck pointed out earlier , $27+3= $30, the $3 being the total amount the men were refunded, in that equation the $2 the bell boy kept doesn't even factor in. The money he kept will only factor into what the hotel was paid.

The formula would have been more accurate to say: $25 Hotel Fee + $3 refunded to men + $2 bell boy kept = $30

In short, there is no missing $1.

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It is a trick question, because the math in the riddle is wrong. As Chuck pointed out earlier , $27+3= $30, the $3 being the total amount the men were refunded, in that equation the $2 the bell boy kept doesn't even factor in. The money he kept will only factor into what the hotel was paid.

The formula would have been more accurate to say: $25 Hotel Fee + $3 refunded to men + $2 bell boy kept = $30

In short, there is no missing $1.
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Mike,
Of course you are correct, but you would surprised how many people don't understand that and that is why it's a pretty good riddle.

If you like riddles I have one that is not so easy. It was told to me by friend when I was in the army. My friend was a riddle type guy but did not have the answer to it. He and I knew each other for only a short time. The riddle was one that I thought about for sevral years. I finally figured it out, that was fifty years ago. In the past fiftly years I have never found a person that has figure it out.

At one point back in the seventies for a short time, I was a jail administrator and from time time to time the people in jail would get rowdy. Several times after calming them down I'd make them a deal The deal was that I would tell them the riddle and tell them that if they could figure it out that I would let them pick one prisoner that had been convicted and was just servint time. I would release that person and buy them a fifth of whiskey. I never had to release a prisoner but it sure would keep the jail quiet for a few days until they gave up. I had the authority from the Sheriff to calculate good time and the authority to release a prisoner when and if I wished. I never abused that authority and never have ever found another peron that could fiiture the riddle out. The answer if very straight forward and logical by the way, no tricks.

I'm not going to tell what the riddle is but if anybody would like to hear it, I would tell it, but for the most part, I don't think that many of the members of this forum are interested in riddles, except maybe Mike.

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