# 19 cows

Dejection
Posers and Puzzles 18 Jun '08 16:03
1. 18 Jun '08 16:03
A farmer with three sons has died, and in his will he states how the his 19 cows should be divided between the three sons.

The eldest son should receive 1/2 of my cows
The second son should receive 1/4 of my cows
The third son should reveive 1/5 of my cows

How are the cows divided, according to his will? Cows must remain whole at all times, they may not be split or shared.
2. sven1000
Astrophysicist
18 Jun '08 19:18
He borrows a cow from the neighbor's farm, giving him 20.

Eldest son gets 1/2 = 10
Second son gets 1/4 = 5
Youngest gets 1/5 = 4

They return the borrowed cow, and everyone is satisfied.
3. 18 Jun '08 19:33
Originally posted by sven1000
He borrows a cow from the neighbor's farm
4. PBE6
Bananarama
18 Jun '08 19:33
I've seen this one before. The answer is cute, but it doesn't really solve anything.
5. 18 Jun '08 20:31
its because 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/5 is not a full but just 19/20.
6. TheMaster37
Kupikupopo!
19 Jun '08 06:242 edits
Originally posted by sven1000
He borrows a cow from the neighbor's farm, giving him 20.

Eldest son gets 1/2 = 10
Second son gets 1/4 = 5
Youngest gets 1/5 = 4

They return the borrowed cow, and everyone is satisfied.
EDIT: Silly me.
7. Palynka
Upward Spiral
19 Jun '08 10:19
Originally posted by Dejection
A farmer with three sons has died, and in his will he states how the his 19 cows should be divided between the three sons.

The eldest son should receive 1/2 of my cows
The second son should receive 1/4 of my cows
The third son should reveive 1/5 of my cows

How are the cows divided, according to his will? Cows must remain whole at all times, they may not be split or shared.
One of the cows is pregnant?