24 Apr '08 22:29

A friend of mine told me this riddle, and I'm trying to figure out an explanation for why this happens. Here goes:

Three guys walk into a hotel and get a room. The room is $30, so each guy coughs up $10. After they go up to their room, the manager realizes that he overcharged them for the room. He opens up the register, takes out a $5 bill, and tells one of his employees to take it up to the room. On his way up there, the guy realizes that they can't possibly split $5 between three guys. He takes out his wallet, puts the $5 bill in it, and takes out three $1 bills. He keeps $2. Each guest gets $1. Now it's like they each paid $9 for the room. $9 x 3 guys = $27, $27+ $2 (the money the employee kept for himself) = $29.

Where'd the missing dollar go?

Three guys walk into a hotel and get a room. The room is $30, so each guy coughs up $10. After they go up to their room, the manager realizes that he overcharged them for the room. He opens up the register, takes out a $5 bill, and tells one of his employees to take it up to the room. On his way up there, the guy realizes that they can't possibly split $5 between three guys. He takes out his wallet, puts the $5 bill in it, and takes out three $1 bills. He keeps $2. Each guest gets $1. Now it's like they each paid $9 for the room. $9 x 3 guys = $27, $27+ $2 (the money the employee kept for himself) = $29.

Where'd the missing dollar go?