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Old 03-02-2011, 04:36 PM
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The guys were out drinking all night long. They all agreed that they shouldn't attempt to drive home. The found a near by hotel, and agreed to split the cost of a room.

The three guys went to the registration desk. They were told that it would cost $30 for one night. They quickly each handed the clerk a $10 bill. After the paperwork was settled and they had their key, the stumbled to their room.

Shortly after they left, the clerk realized that she'd overcharged them by $5. She called the bell hop to take them the extra $5. She handed the bell hop five $1 bills, and told him to take the money to room 112.

The bell hop knew that there were three guys staying in the room. He quickly realized that there wasn't an easy way for him to split up the $5 between three people, so to make things easier, he decided that he deserved a $2 tip, and put $2 in to his pocket, leaving him with three $1 bills.

He informed the three guys that they had be overcharged when they checked in, and he handed them each $1. He apologized for the mistake.

OK now figure out the amount of money that changed hands.

each guy contributed $10 for a total of $30.
room cost $25.
each guy received $1 in refund. They each contributed $9 for a total of $27
the bell hop kept $2

sounds reasonable, correct?

that only totals up to $29

where is the missing $1?

sittin' here wondering

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Old 03-02-2011, 05:36 PM
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I love this one, it's totally misleading logic, it's all in how you look at this line:
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each guy received $1 in refund. They each contributed $9 for a total of $27
Each man did not pay $9, they paid $9.33; as the $25 room fee and the $3 refund makes $28, not $27.
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So what happened to the penny?
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These kinds of math puzzles are great. Totally illogical.
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So what happened to the penny?
The penny is lost in the rounding since we only go to two places in our monetary system. Each man should have been refunded $1.6666666....
Round up to $1.67 for two of the guys and one guy gets $1.66.

All the money is there but it will never completely equaly $5 unless you round.
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Math doesn't work that way...LOL
Once they received their $1 refund, that means they had paid a total of 3 x $9 = $27
The $27 is split up as -
Room - $25
Bell Hop - $2

25 + 2 = 27
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Oh boy , another brain teaser .
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