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I was told there would be math.

Love it

Classic! Good find subby!

I bet you there are some people who will be confused by this.

I loved this whole movie--wish I could find the clip of Costello coming back from a day of selling vacuum cleaners & ringing the hell out of the office bell.

But instead I found my favorite A&C bit: The Susquehanna Hat Company (new window)

*sigh* You young Farkers don't know what you missed out on when stations stopped running their movies.

very nice

makes me think of the hotel riddle and the missing dollar.

3 men got to a hotel and are told that it costs \$10 dollars each or \$30 total so they pay the room clerk. The manager walks buy and says, "I know these guys. Charge them only \$25." The room clerk takes \$5 out of the cash but doesn't know how to split it. Gives them each \$1 back and pockets \$2 in his own pocket as a tip.

Did you follow that. Does it make sense so far.

What did each guy pay afterall?

\$9 right?

9 times 3 = \$27 right? Plus the \$2 in the clerks pocket equals \$29 right?

\$29 but the room cost \$25 originally so what happened to the other dollar.

..now you've done it.

mrshowrules: \$29 but the room cost \$25 originally so what happened to the other dollar.

I remember that.

I think the explanation is that you are counting some of the dollars twice. I'll see if I can find it.

The Missing Dollar Problem

Three students checked into a hotel and paid the clerk \$30 for a room (\$10 each). When the hotel manager returned, he noticed that the clerk had incorrectly charged \$30 instead of \$25 for the room. The manager told the clerk to return \$5 to the students. The clerk, knowing that the students would not be able to divide \$5 evenly, decided to keep \$2 and to give them only \$3.

The students were very happy because they paid only \$27 for the room (\$9 each). However, if they paid \$27 and the clerk kept \$2, that adds up to \$29. What happened to the other Dollar?

You're counting the money the clerk has twice and you're not counting the money they got back.

They paid \$30 for the room then got 3 dollars back so they only paid \$27.

Of the \$30 they started with, \$25 went to management and 2 went to the clerk and they got \$3.00 back.

mrshowrules: 9 times 3 = \$27 right? Plus the \$2 in the clerks pocket equals \$29 right?

One more time if my above explanation wasn't enough.

9 times \$3 = \$27. That already includes the \$2 in the clerks pocket so you don't have to add it in again. Now you just have to add the \$3.00 they got back and you end with \$30.00

I don't get it, why didn't the guy in the hat just shoot the guy with the glasses? Is he out of bullets? Is that the joke?

I'm not sure who got ripped off... they're both B&W...

5 * 14 = 25

"Did you ever go to school, stupid?"

"Yes, sir. And I came out the same way. "

HA! Damn funny!

I'm not very familiar with Abbott and Costello, but this was good. Thanks, smitty.

brigid_fitch: I loved this whole movie--wish I could find the clip of Costello coming back from a day of selling vacuum cleaners & ringing the hell out of the office bell.

But instead I found my favorite A&C bit: The Susquehanna Hat Company (new window)

*sigh* You young Farkers don't know what you missed out on when stations stopped running their movies.

mrshowrules: very nice

makes me think of the hotel riddle and the missing dollar.

3 men got to a hotel and are told that it costs \$10 dollars each or \$30 total so they pay the room clerk. The manager walks buy and says, "I know these guys. Charge them only \$25." The room clerk takes \$5 out of the cash but doesn't know how to split it. Gives them each \$1 back and pockets \$2 in his own pocket as a tip.

Did you follow that. Does it make sense so far.

What did each guy pay afterall?

\$9 right?

Wrong. 25/3 = 8.33repeating

9 times 3 = \$27 right? Plus the \$2 in the clerks pocket equals \$29 right?

\$29 but the room cost \$25 originally so what happened to the other dollar.

Distributive Property
Not all operations are distributive. For instance, you cannot distribute division over addition. Let's try an example:

14 / (5 + 2)
= 14 / (7)
= 2,

but
14/5 + 14/2
= 2.8 + 7
= 9.8.

Clearly, 2 is not equal to 9.8.

Doubt it's anything more than a math riddle, let alone a hotel riddle.

mrshowrules: very nice

makes me think of the hotel riddle and the missing dollar.

3 men got to a hotel and are told that it costs \$10 dollars each or \$30 total so they pay the room clerk. The manager walks buy and says, "I know these guys. Charge them only \$25." The room clerk takes \$5 out of the cash but doesn't know how to split it. Gives them each \$1 back and pockets \$2 in his own pocket as a tip.

Did you follow that. Does it make sense so far.

What did each guy pay afterall?

\$9 right?

9 times 3 = \$27 right? Plus the \$2 in the clerks pocket equals \$29 right?

\$29 but the room cost \$25 originally so what happened to the other dollar.

Under GAAP or under some different system?

A man was traveling down a road with his horse when he sees three young men. The three men are sons of a man who had recently died and left them his 19 horses. The father's will had specified that the eldest son get 1/2 of the horses, the middle son 1/4, and the youngest son 1/5. The three sons are obviously puzzled over dividing the 19 horses in such a manner.

The traveler solves the problem by adding his own horse to the group to make 20 horses. The eldest son gets 10 (1/2), the middle son gets 5 (1/4), and the youngest gets 4 (1/5), which makes 19. The traveler gets his own horse back, his good deed done. Everyone is happy, but the sons are still puzzled by why the man was allowed to add his own horse to solve the puzzle. Why could the traveler do this?

/I'm sure I botched the wording somewhere...

StoPPeRmobile: brigid_fitch: I loved this whole movie--wish I could find the clip of Costello coming back from a day of selling vacuum cleaners & ringing the hell out of the office bell.

But instead I found my favorite A&C bit: The Susquehanna Hat Company (new window)

*sigh* You young Farkers don't know what you missed out on when stations stopped running their movies.

mrshowrules: very nice

makes me think of the hotel riddle and the missing dollar.

3 men got to a hotel and are told that it costs \$10 dollars each or \$30 total so they pay the room clerk. The manager walks buy and says, "I know these guys. Charge them only \$25." The room clerk takes \$5 out of the cash but doesn't know how to split it. Gives them each \$1 back and pockets \$2 in his own pocket as a tip.

Did you follow that. Does it make sense so far.

What did each guy pay afterall?

\$9 right?
Wrong. 25/3 = 8.33repeating

9 times 3 = \$27 right? Plus the \$2 in the clerks pocket equals \$29 right?

\$29 but the room cost \$25 originally so what happened to the other dollar.

Distributive Property
Not all operations are distributive. For instance, you cannot distribute division over addition. Let's try an example:

14 / (5 + 2)
= 14 / (7)
= 2,

but
14/5 + 14/2
= 2.8 + 7
= 9.8.

Clearly, 2 is not equal to 9.8.

Doubt it's anything more than a math riddle, let alone a hotel riddle.

You fail at the maths. Each guy paid 9 dollars. Their expenses were \$25 for the rooms and \$2 tip. If a pizza costs \$25 and you pay the delivery guy \$2 in a tip, how much does each person contribute if there are three of you? Then, if you give the pizza guy \$30, he gives you \$3 back, right?

Arxane: A man was traveling down a road with his horse when he sees three young men. The three men are sons of a man who had recently died and left them his 19 horses. The father's will had specified that the eldest son get 1/2 of the horses, the middle son 1/4, and the youngest son 1/5. The three sons are obviously puzzled over dividing the 19 horses in such a manner.

The traveler solves the problem by adding his own horse to the group to make 20 horses. The eldest son gets 10 (1/2), the middle son gets 5 (1/4), and the youngest gets 4 (1/5), which makes 19. The traveler gets his own horse back, his good deed done. Everyone is happy, but the sons are still puzzled by why the man was allowed to add his own horse to solve the puzzle. Why could the traveler do this?

/I'm sure I botched the wording somewhere...

He was the dead guys brother and got one horse in the the will.

(now to check my work on google.)

Enron employment video?

I don't know whether to show this to my 8 year old or not.

As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Kits, cats, sacks, wives
How many were going to St Ives?

2802

Ryan2065: You fail at the maths. Each guy paid 9 dollars. Their expenses were \$25 for the rooms and \$2 tip. If a pizza costs \$25 and you pay the delivery guy \$2 in a tip, how much does each person contribute if there are three of you? Then, if you give the pizza guy \$30, he gives you \$3 back, right?

You don't understand the Distributive property. You just can't rewrite it the way he did. Hence the "riddle."

It's pretty basic. 25/3 = 8.3333333333333

Ryan2065: You fail at the maths. Each guy paid 9 dollars. Their expenses were \$25 for the rooms and \$2 tip. If a pizza costs \$25 and you pay the delivery guy \$2 in a tip, how much does each person contribute if there are three of you? Then, if you give the pizza guy \$30, he gives you \$3 back, right?

Also you example is different.

StoPPeRmobile: Ryan2065: You fail at the maths. Each guy paid 9 dollars. Their expenses were \$25 for the rooms and \$2 tip. If a pizza costs \$25 and you pay the delivery guy \$2 in a tip, how much does each person contribute if there are three of you? Then, if you give the pizza guy \$30, he gives you \$3 back, right?

You don't understand the Distributive property. You just can't rewrite it the way he did. Hence the "riddle."

It's pretty basic. 25/3 = 8.3333333333333

Is this a math troll?

StoPPeRmobile: Ryan2065: You fail at the maths. Each guy paid 9 dollars. Their expenses were \$25 for the rooms and \$2 tip. If a pizza costs \$25 and you pay the delivery guy \$2 in a tip, how much does each person contribute if there are three of you? Then, if you give the pizza guy \$30, he gives you \$3 back, right?

You don't understand the Distributive property. You just can't rewrite it the way he did. Hence the "riddle."

It's pretty basic. 25/3 = 8.3333333333333

Is this a math troll?

Just trying to be helpful. I see people make similar mistakes often.

Before even clicking I knew what the link was. Quality bit, my father & I will do it at random whenever 28 comes up.
/cool story bro
//hold that little two

StoPPeRmobile: StoPPeRmobile: Ryan2065: You fail at the maths. Each guy paid 9 dollars. Their expenses were \$25 for the rooms and \$2 tip. If a pizza costs \$25 and you pay the delivery guy \$2 in a tip, how much does each person contribute if there are three of you? Then, if you give the pizza guy \$30, he gives you \$3 back, right?

You don't understand the Distributive property. You just can't rewrite it the way he did. Hence the "riddle."

It's pretty basic. 25/3 = 8.3333333333333

Is this a math troll?

Just trying to be helpful. I see people make similar mistakes often.

So, according to you, the people who spent \$25 on rooms and gave a \$2 tip, only spent \$25? And I'm the one making the mistake?

Ryan2065: StoPPeRmobile: Ryan2065: You fail at the maths. Each guy paid 9 dollars. Their expenses were \$25 for the rooms and \$2 tip. If a pizza costs \$25 and you pay the delivery guy \$2 in a tip, how much does each person contribute if there are three of you? Then, if you give the pizza guy \$30, he gives you \$3 back, right?

You don't understand the Distributive property. You just can't rewrite it the way he did. Hence the "riddle."

It's pretty basic. 25/3 = 8.3333333333333

Is this a math troll?

Must be. I'm boggling.

On a side note, I noticed the very clean quality of the video. The original film was filled with the usual scratches and specks from age, use and the inherent poor quality of the film process.

Must be tedious job cleaning up the digital rendering of this.

Ryan2065: StoPPeRmobile: StoPPeRmobile: Ryan2065: You fail at the maths. Each guy paid 9 dollars. Their expenses were \$25 for the rooms and \$2 tip. If a pizza costs \$25 and you pay the delivery guy \$2 in a tip, how much does each person contribute if there are three of you? Then, if you give the pizza guy \$30, he gives you \$3 back, right?

You don't understand the Distributive property. You just can't rewrite it the way he did. Hence the "riddle."

It's pretty basic. 25/3 = 8.3333333333333

Is this a math troll?

Just trying to be helpful. I see people make similar mistakes often.

So, according to you, the people who spent \$25 on rooms and gave a \$2 tip, only spent \$25? And I'm the one making the mistake?

Well you need to add the 2, of course.

Reverend Otis: As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Kits, cats, sacks, wives
How many were going to St Ives?

2802

Only one by my count...

mrshowrules: 9 times 3 = \$27 right? Plus Minus the \$2 in the clerks pocket equals \$29 \$25 right?

Room costs \$25
Clerk's tip costs \$2
\$27 sub-total.

\$1 "change" for each customer equals \$3
\$30 grand total.

So (25/3) + (2/3) = 27/3 = 9

Fractions: How the f*ck do they work?

That's a classic - I like the navy version better only because it ends with Costello drawing a hook with chalk and hanging his hat on it.

Arxane: A man was traveling down a road with his horse when he sees three young men. The three men are sons of a man who had recently died and left them his 19 horses. The father's will had specified that the eldest son get 1/2 of the horses, the middle son 1/4, and the youngest son 1/5. The three sons are obviously puzzled over dividing the 19 horses in such a manner.

The traveler solves the problem by adding his own horse to the group to make 20 horses. The eldest son gets 10 (1/2), the middle son gets 5 (1/4), and the youngest gets 4 (1/5), which makes 19. The traveler gets his own horse back, his good deed done. Everyone is happy, but the sons are still puzzled by why the man was allowed to add his own horse to solve the puzzle. Why could the traveler do this?

/I'm sure I botched the wording somewhere...

1/2 + 1/4 + 1/5 is only 19/20, so when taking 19/20 out of 20 horses, 1/20 is left over

StoPPeRmobile: So (25/3) + (2/3) = 27/3 = 9

Fractions: How the f*ck do they work?

You must have just figured them out, seeing as your original post says this:

StoPPeRmobile: What did each guy pay afterall?

\$9 right?
Wrong. 25/3 = 8.33repeating

Math is hard

Ryan2065: StoPPeRmobile: So (25/3) + (2/3) = 27/3 = 9

Fractions: How the f*ck do they work?

You must have just figured them out, seeing as your original post says this:
StoPPeRmobile: What did each guy pay afterall?

\$9 right?
Wrong. 25/3 = 8.33repeating

I thought the 2 was assumed. I was pointing out that you can't rewrite certain expressions an expect the same answer.

Assumption, certainly can make an ass.

metametameta: I don't know whether to show this to my 8 year old or not.

When I was 8 I watched all of the A&C movies. Can anyone find the math bit they did in the Hillbilly movie? Where Abbott shows age difference does not matter?

Clearly works for BP.

Labrat407: metametameta: I don't know whether to show this to my 8 year old or not.

When I was 8 I watched all of the A&C movies. Can anyone find the math bit they did in the Hillbilly movie? Where Abbott shows age difference does not matter?

Is this it? (new window)

Arxane: A man was traveling down a road with his horse when he sees three young men. The three men are sons of a man who had recently died and left them his 19 horses. The father's will had specified that the eldest son get 1/2 of the horses, the middle son 1/4, and the youngest son 1/5. The three sons are obviously puzzled over dividing the 19 horses in such a manner.

The traveler solves the problem by adding his own horse to the group to make 20 horses. The eldest son gets 10 (1/2), the middle son gets 5 (1/4), and the youngest gets 4 (1/5), which makes 19. The traveler gets his own horse back, his good deed done. Everyone is happy, but the sons are still puzzled by why the man was allowed to add his own horse to solve the puzzle. Why could the traveler do this?

/I'm sure I botched the wording somewhere...

This could all be solved easily with a quick visit to a French butcher.

7 * 13 = 28 in base 41.5

Also, six multiplied by nine is forty two in base thirteen

ciderczar: Arxane: A man was traveling down a road with his horse when he sees three young men. The three men are sons of a man who had recently died and left them his 19 horses. The father's will had specified that the eldest son get 1/2 of the horses, the middle son 1/4, and the youngest son 1/5. The three sons are obviously puzzled over dividing the 19 horses in such a manner.

The traveler solves the problem by adding his own horse to the group to make 20 horses. The eldest son gets 10 (1/2), the middle son gets 5 (1/4), and the youngest gets 4 (1/5), which makes 19. The traveler gets his own horse back, his good deed done. Everyone is happy, but the sons are still puzzled by why the man was allowed to add his own horse to solve the puzzle. Why could the traveler do this?

/I'm sure I botched the wording somewhere...

This could all be solved easily with a quick visit to a French butcher.

Because 25% + 50% + 20% = only 95% of the horses. Even if they used a butcher, part of a horse wouldn't properly belong to any of them.

This one isn't math but one of my favorites:

Saruman, Gandalf, and Radagast are standing at a crossroads arguing about which among them is the wisest. They stop a passing merchant, and ask him if he can help end their argument. He tells them, "In this bag I have 5 hats. Two of them are black, and the other three are white. I will mix them up and put one on each of you such that you will not be able to see the colour of your own hat, only the other two. The first one to correctly say the colour of his own hat will be the wisest."

So they each bow in turn as the merchant puts a white hat on each one. They stand back, and muse in silence for awhile, looking at each other thoughtfully. Finally, Gandalf says, "I am wearing a white hat."

He's right of course, but I want you to tell me why he would be so sure.

lerry: Labrat407: metametameta: I don't know whether to show this to my 8 year old or not.

When I was 8 I watched all of the A&C movies. Can anyone find the math bit they did in the Hillbilly movie? Where Abbott shows age difference does not matter?

Is this it? (new window)

Yeah but I remember it from Comin' round the Mountain, same routine.
Still love those old movies.

Celticweaver: Reverend Otis: As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Kits, cats, sacks, wives
How many were going to St Ives?

2802

Only one by my count...

"Met" could mean "encountered someone travelling the opposite direction" (e.g. the man was coming from St. Ives) or it could mean "overtook someone headed in the same direction" or "merged with travellers headed in the same direction, albeit coming from a different feeder route." In the latter cases, both the narrator and the man (and his entourage) would be "going to St. Ives."

Uzzah: Celticweaver: Reverend Otis: As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Kits, cats, sacks, wives
How many were going to St Ives?

2802

Only one by my count...

"Met" could mean "encountered someone travelling the opposite direction" (e.g. the man was coming from St. Ives) or it could mean "overtook someone headed in the same direction" or "merged with travellers headed in the same direction, albeit coming from a different feeder route." In the latter cases, both the narrator and the man (and his entourage) would be "going to St. Ives."

Ah, but the riddle does not say he had an entourage of any kind. Just because you have one or more wives with sacks and cats and kits does not mean they are with you at all times.

"I met a guy on the road to St Ives who told me about his seven wives that liked to carry around sacks full of felines." That translated statement makes it obvious the polygamist was by himself yet still satisfies the letter of the verse.

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