Thursday, November 8, 2007

an oldie but a goodie

Okay, so these three guys walk into a hotel. They ask how much a room is, and the manager tells them that they can get a triple room for $30. They each pay the man $10, and they are seen to their room. A little while later, the manager, who is exceedingly honest, realizes that he has overcharged them men, and the room should cost only $25. He asks the bellboy, who is not exceedingly honest, to quickly go and give the men the $5 that has been overpaid. The bellboy wonders how the men will decide to split $5 amongst themselves. He then realizes that the men do not realize that they have overpaid, and they certainly do not know the amount of money involved. He decides to do them a favor by refunding them only three of the dollars. He knocks on the door, gives them each $1, and returns to the desk with $2 for himself. The men have now paid a total of $27 for the room, and the bellboy has taken $2, which makes $29. What happened to the other dollar?

1 comment:

  1. OOH! OOH!
    There is no extra dollar, the bellboy's $2 is part of the $27 that was paid, ie, $25 at the desk plus his $2 plus the $3 rebate equals $30....

    Yay for math.