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Thread: Missing $1 brain teaser




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    Beefy Guest

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    This one seems to be doing the rounds through the email again, so I'll post it for all:

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    Three guys in a hotel room call room service and order two large
    pizzas. The delivery boy brings them up with a bill for exactly $30.00.
    Each guy gives him a $10.00 bill, and he leaves. That's fact!
    When he hands the $30.00 to the cashier, he is told a mistake was made.
    The bill was only $25.00, not $30.00.

    The cashier gives the delivery boy five $1.00 coins and tells him to
    take it back to the 3 guys who ordered the pizza. That's fact!
    On the way back to their room, the delivery boy has a thought. These
    guys did not give him a tip. He figures that since there is no way to
    spilt $5.00 evenly three ways anyhow, he will keep two dollars for
    himself and give them back three dollars. Okay! So far so good!

    He knocks on the door and one fellow answers. He explains about a
    mix-up on the bill, and hands the guy the three dollars, and then
    departs with his two-dollar tip in his pocket. Now the fun begins!

    Remember $30 - $25 = $5. Right?
    $5 - $3 = $2. Right?
    So what's the problem?
    All is well, right? Not quite.

    Answer this: Each of the three guys originally has $10.00 each. They
    each got back $1.00 in change.
    That means they paid $9.00 each, which times three is $27.00.
    The delivery boy kept $2.00 for a tip.
    $27.00 plus $2.00 equals $29.00.

    Where the heck is the other dollar?

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    I got it fairly quickly, but a lot of people here in the office were stumped for a while. :)

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    but.......

    :devil win

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    This is a big mind twister..... My daughters 3rd grade teacher always sends her stuff like this to figure out so I am going to give it to my daughter tomorrow to have her teacher figure it out and then we will see what her answer is. I have been waiting for a good one for her and this is it!! Thanks beefy!!

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    Do you want us to post the answer or wait awhile to see if everyone else figures it out?

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    Beefy Guest

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    pm it to me...

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    ahhh, i just figured it out (took me at least 5 mins)... i'll pm you just to make sure

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    Beefy Guest

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    well, you were wrong..

    Has ANYONE got it yet?

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    yeah, i got it!!! :D :D :D :D

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    after i told you...

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    Sorta got it, then confirmed

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