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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member Mathurine
    sorozatgyilkos
    02 Feb '07 14:50
    An elderly farmer died and left 17 cows to his three sons. In his will, the farmer stated that his oldest son should get 1/2, his middle son should get 1/3, and his youngest son should get 1/9 of all the cows. The sons, who did not want to end up with "half cows", sat for days trying to figure out how many cows each of them should get.
    One day, their neighbour came by to see how they were doing after their father's death. The three sons told him their problem. After thinking for a while, the neighbour said: "I'll be right back!" He went away, and when he returned, the three sons could divide the cows according to their father's will, and in such a way that each of them got a whole number of cows.

    What was the neighbour's solution?

  2. 02 Feb '07 15:01 / 1 edit
    He sold them a cow.
  3. Standard member Mathurine
    sorozatgyilkos
    02 Feb '07 15:04
    That could work, I see...

    There is an alternative solution
  4. 02 Feb '07 15:24
    Originally posted by Mathurine
    That could work, I see...

    There is an alternative solution
    He lent them a cow.
  5. 02 Feb '07 15:40
    He let the dead farmer represent a cow, divide the cows evenly among the sons, and then burried the dead farmer.
  6. Standard member HandyAndy
    Non sum qualis eram
    02 Feb '07 15:45
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    He let the dead farmer represent a cow, divide the cows evenly among the sons, and then burried the dead farmer.
    Wouldn't it be less bizarre just to lend them a cow?
  7. 02 Feb '07 15:58
    Originally posted by HandyAndy
    Wouldn't it be less bizarre just to lend them a cow?
    Perhaps he didn't have a cow to lend? Perhaps he was a pig farmer?
  8. Standard member HandyAndy
    Non sum qualis eram
    02 Feb '07 17:03
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    Perhaps he didn't have a cow to lend? Perhaps he was a pig farmer?
    Touche.
  9. 02 Feb '07 17:16
    Presumably, he wanted to give all of his cows to his sons. But his fractions do not add up to 1.

    The simplest way to do it would be to give out the cows as though there were 18, even though there are only 17! Then the cows are divided as:

    Oldest Son: 9
    Middle Son: 6
    Youngest Son: 2

    For a total of 17 cows given away out of the imagined 18-cow herd.

    The solution came to me when I was on a train of thought involving how they'd split 9 cows, and realizing they only had 8.5 cow shares between them.

    I
  10. 02 Feb '07 17:31
    When my father died he had 5 dogs.
    In his will he wrote that I would have one third of the dogs, my sister would have one half of the dogs.
    But me and my sister wouldn't kill any of the dogs so we asked our neighbour how to do. He suggested a solution how to divide the five dogs so I could have one third of them and my sister one half of them without killing a single dog.
    How did we do it?
  11. 02 Feb '07 17:40
    Same answer, isn't it? He lent you a dog?
  12. 02 Feb '07 17:43
    Originally posted by mtthw
    Same answer, isn't it? He lent you a dog?
    Yes, the same answer. But also the same flaw in the will.
    It just wasn't correctly set up, of the same obvious reason.
    Can you find out why?
  13. Standard member usmc7257
    semper fi
    02 Feb '07 19:22
    lawyer fees... bloodsuckers
  14. 02 Feb '07 20:03 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by usmc7257
    lawyer fees... bloodsuckers
    Yeah, and they still can't make a decent work.
    The eldery cow farmer and my old deceased father should sue their lawyers, mark my words.
  15. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's about respect
    05 Feb '07 03:47
    Moo!

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