What can you make of this

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by shamus, Mar 25, 2001.

  1. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Three young brothers had saved $10 each to buy a second hand locomotive.
    They arrive at the shop and see one on the shelf,
    Behind the counter is a young girl serving as the owner of the shop, is out.
    The brothers ask, “How much is that loco on the shelf” she replies “$30”
    The brothers hand over the $30 they had saved between them and leave the shop with the loco. At the same time, the owner arrives back and seeing that the loco is missing from the shelf, asks the girl how much she had sold it for, she states $30.
    The owner says, “Oh dear, it was only $25, run after them and give them $5 back”.
    Out runs the girl with the $5. On nearing the brothers, she has a brainwave, and thinks to herself, “I’ll keep $2 and give the brothers $1 each back.”
    This she does, but here is the problem. The brothers have now paid only $9 each for the loco, 3*9= $27 plus the $2 in the girls handbag, where has the other $1 gone……………………….
  2. jimnrose

    jimnrose Member

    The brothers paid $9 each (10-1).The owner received $25 & the clerk $2. (9x3=25+2)
    This is a good story to show that an equation is always balances when the facts are properly postioned.
    It's easier to figure this out than, how Shamus can put together some material, coloring and photography to create master-
    pieces. Thanks again, Jim
  3. Dave Harris

    Dave Harris Member

    Shamus , it's usually the bellman who keeps the 2 dollars, creating the conundrum. however there is really no missing money , the brothers have 3 the girl 2,the shopkeeper 25. 3+2+25 =30. It's all in the presentation, My ex wife would stumble on that one every time , even after being told how it worked, wait 3 months, tell her again , she would be stumped.

    L V Dave
  4. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    beats the hell out of me...but here's my wife's figuring:

    Collected: Paid for Got Gave Had
    (each) train: $5.00 back: left:
    (25/3) Back:

    10.00 8.33333 1.6667 1.00 .6667
    10.00 8.33333 1.6667 1.00 .6667
    10.00 8.33333 1.6667 1.00 .6667
    30.00 25.00 5.00 3.00 2.00

    Does this help?
    (the above formula got 'gobbeldeegooked'when it posted...so ...yet another puzzle)
    (still beats the hell out of me) [​IMG]

    [This message has been edited by Virginian (edited 03-25-2001).]
  5. George

    George Member

    If the engine was a Bachmann, don't worry.


  6. Voice

    Voice Member

    Gee, it appears that someone has held a government budget position, with math like that!!!

  7. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    bump :D :D It's still funny
  8. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Taxes. :p :D
  9. Fasttracken

    Fasttracken New Member

    there was 3 brothers

    9.00 Each X 3 =27.00

    each boy got a 1.00 back

    girl keeps 2.00


  10. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    Uh.......let's see, umm...
  11. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Just goes to show that any thread can make a come back!
  12. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Especially in the O gauge forum lately. :D
  13. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Ya, now somebody needs to go find The Box!!! I've been missing it...:D
  14. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    More like bringing a topic out of retirement..sign1

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