Little maths problem

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by slimboyfat, Mar 15, 2003.

  1. slimboyfat

    slimboyfat Guest

    Three men go to a motel and ask for a room each for one night. The manager charges them £10 each. They pay the £30, and they go to their rooms.
    The manager later realizes that he has overcharged them by a total of £5. He wants to be honest and give the men their money back, but he does not have the correct change to do it, so he decides to give them £1 each, and keep the odd £2 for himself.
    This means that the guests have paid £9 each.....

    Now here's the problem.

    £9 X 3 = £27 + £2 = £29

    So where has the other £1 gone ?????????????


  2. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

    wow thats cheap :eek: have ya got the phone number ???


    he never will !!!!

    25 divided by 3 is :- 8.333333333333333333333333333333

    :p :p :p
  3. slimboyfat

    slimboyfat Guest

    The phone No. is +44(0)20 7321 2233

    cheap at half the price

    But where's the other £1 ?
  4. MdSalih

    MdSalih The Boss

    Birmingham, UK
    your counting the wrong way

    £9 X 3 = £27 - £2 = £25


  5. daddyo

    daddyo OSNN Addict

    This is a classic math problem. The answer lies in the way the equation is solved. Let's look at it logically.

    Each man gives the motel owner 10.
    The owner returns 1 to each man.
    The owner now has 27 and each man has 1.
    27 + 3 still equals 30.
    The owner still has the 2. It's part of the 27 he still has.
    He still owes each man .66, with one man getting .67.
    So, the final equation is not 27 + 2, since the 2 is still part of the 27.
    The final equation is 27 + 3.

    The confusion factor is that the 2 is being used twice in the riddle: (25 + 2) + 2 = 29.

    It nice to get back to your roots once in a while. I solve these things for fun. Got any hard ones?
  6. slimboyfat

    slimboyfat Guest

    I understand it all now...... Thanks
    But were you working it out in $$$$ or ££££
    :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
  7. daddyo

    daddyo OSNN Addict

    Whether it's dollars or pounds, the ratios are still the same. I'm in the US, but have been in GB. Love the tube.