A Riddle From Jerry B.
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.