Originally Posted by

**wasserball**
Reminded me of this problem.

Three men go to stay at a motel, and the man at the desk charged them $30 for a room. They split the cost $10 each. Later, the desk man realized he overcharged the men, that the actual cost should have been $25. The desk man gives the bellboy $5 and tells him to give it to the men. The smart bellboy realized $5 could not split equally up 3 ways, so he kept $2 and gave the men $1 each. Now each man paid $9 to stay in the room and 3 x $9 = $27. The bellboy kept $2. $27 + $2 = $29. So where is the missing $1?

This brain teaser used to drive me crazy until I realized that the math is figured backwards. The room isn't $25 it's effectively $27. $9 for each man covers the $25 room and the $2 tip. Since they each got back $1 from the bellboy the math works. (It's not $27 plus $2, it's $27 plus $3.)

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