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A Missouri farmer passed away and left 17 mules to his three sons. The instructions left in the will said that the oldest boy was to get one-half, the second oldest one-third, and the youngest one-ninth.

The three sons, seeing the difficulty of dividing 17 mules into these fractions, began to argue.

The uncle heard about the argument, hitched up his mule, and drove out to settle the matter. He added his mule to the 17, making 18. The eldest son then got one-half, or nine. The second eldest got one-third, or six. And the youngest got one-ninth, or two. Adding up 9, 6 and 2 equals 17.

The uncle hitched up his mule and drove home.
 

Now, how do you explain that one?

 

Here is a little experiment you can try if you have a six digit phone number:

Get a calculator and
1. key in the first three digits of your phone number (not the area code).
2. Multiply by 8
3. Add 1
4. Multiply by 250
5. Add the last three digits of your phone number
6. Add the last three digits of your phone number again.
7. Subtract 250
8. Divide by 2
 
Is the answer your phone number?

If you have a seven digit phone number then try this one:

Get a calculator and
1. key in the first three digits of your phone number (not the area code).
2. Multiply by 80
3. Add 1
4. Multiply by 250
5. Add the last four digits of your phone number
6. Add the last four digits of your phone number again.
7. Subtract 250
8. Divide by 2
 
Is the answer your phone number?

 

Here is another problem.

An insurance salesman was going from door to door, trying to sell his policies.  He knocked at this particular house and when the owner of the house answered the door, the salesman went through his sales pitch.  At the end of it, the house owner said "If you can solve this problem, I will buy your insurance"

"Ok said the salesman, what is the problem?"

"The house owner said "  I have three children and when you multiply all their ages together, the answer is 36 and when you add their ages together the answer is the same as this house number"

So the salesman went away to solve the problem.  However, he was not able to solve the problem and returned to the house.  When the house owner answered the door, the salesman said, "I am unable to solve the problem because you did not give me enough information".

"Ah yes" said the house owner, "I forget to mention that my eldest child plays the violin"

With that, the salesman was able to solve the problem.

So, what I want to know is, what were the ages of the children and how did you arrive at the answer?

Send me your answer via my feedback page.

 

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Last Edited :  06 August 2011 13:25:31