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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  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. Standard member 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
    How can he borrow a cow when he is already dead?
  4. Standard member 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. Standard member TheMaster37
    Kupikupopo!
    19 Jun '08 06:24 / 2 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. Standard member 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?