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deadcarp    Posted 02-02-2005 at 00:00:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
this is how to get a free horse --- an old horse rancher dies, noted in his will that his oldest son will get 1/2 his horses, middle son gets 1/3, youngest son gets 1/9th. trouble was, when he died he had 17 horses. not wanting to carve up horses, they called a wise neighbor who said "for the sake of settling up, i'll run my horse in with them" then they had 18.

so the oldest got 1/2 (9)
the middle son got 1/3 (6)
& youngest son got 1/9 (2)

9+6+2=17 so the neighbor got back on his horse and went home. why did that work?

Oliver    Posted 02-02-2005 at 14:41:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
1/2 + 1/3 + 1/9 = 17/18 not 17/17

sawtooth    Posted 02-02-2005 at 07:18:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Trouble is the fractions don't add up to 100%. When you add 1/2 (.5) to 1/3 (.333) to 1/9 (.111) you end up with .9444 instead of 1.

Gerrit    Posted 02-02-2005 at 05:21:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad told us a similar one with 19 horses and in the will the oldest get 1/2, #2 get 1/4 and #3 gets 1/5.
The neighbors horse helps out as well.( and the old rangers had a problem with math.. )LOL

Alias    Posted 02-02-2005 at 02:26:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Easy, the 18th horse created a fudge factor. But, because of that magical number 18, I think this problem is LINKED to golf.

Awaiting the solution or answer as the case may be............gfp

Fern(Mi)    Posted 02-02-2005 at 04:03:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
A Golf I ain't ever seen ain't gonna solve this problem and the golfs eggs impossible to eat-ably cook. And, if one should ever get broken open they ain't nothin but rubbery intestine. Yuck!!!
Fuzzy Wuzzy

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