# Mathematicians

dj2becker
Spirituality 16 Mar '07 20:15
1. 16 Mar '07 20:151 edit
3 men go into a motel.

The man behind the desk said the room is R30, so each man paid R10 and went to the room.

A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only R25,
so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guy's room with R5.

On the way the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split R5 evenly
between 3 men, so he gave each man a R1 and kept the other R2 for himself.

This meant that the 3 men each paid R9 for the room, which is a total
of R27, add the R2 that the bellboy kept = R29.

Where is the other Rand?
2. 16 Mar '07 20:21
Do you know how old this is?

And why is it in the spirituality forum?
3. Agerg
The 'edit'or
16 Mar '07 20:231 edit
Originally posted by dj2becker
3 men go into a motel.

The man behind the desk said the room is R30, so each man paid R10 and went to the room.

A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only R25,
so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guy's room with R5.

On the way the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split R5 evenly
between 3 men, so he gave each man a R1 an ...[text shortened]... hich is a total
of R27, add the R2 that the bellboy kept = R29.

Where is the other Rand?
This is old...it has been posted already in the puzzles and posers forum.

There is no other rand...The addition performed at the end is incorrect.

all had paid the total of £27 for the room + bellboy's tip.
4. 16 Mar '07 20:25
Originally posted by Wayne1324
Do you know how old this is?

And why is it in the spirituality forum?
Old.

Because someone might say that the devil stole the other buck...
5. 16 Mar '07 20:27
Originally posted by Agerg
This is old...it has been posted already in the puzzles and posers forum.

There is no other rand...The addition performed at the end is incorrect.

all had paid the total of £27 for the room + bellboy's tip.
Why did you have to go and spoil it so early on?

I was hoping ol twithead would take a bite into it...
6. Agerg
The 'edit'or
16 Mar '07 20:34
Originally posted by dj2becker
Why did you have to go and spoil it so early on?

I was hoping ol twithead would take a bite into it...
you think this is thread worthy of the title *mathematicians*??? I doubt Twitehead would
7. scottishinnz
Kichigai!
16 Mar '07 21:29
Originally posted by dj2becker
3 men go into a motel.

The man behind the desk said the room is R30, so each man paid R10 and went to the room.

A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only R25,
so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guy's room with R5.

On the way the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split R5 evenly
between 3 men, so he gave each man a R1 an ...[text shortened]... hich is a total
of R27, add the R2 that the bellboy kept = R29.

Where is the other Rand?
If you have problems with this, no wonder you have problems with something complex like abiogenesis or evolution.
8. 17 Mar '07 00:42
Originally posted by dj2becker
Why did you have to go and spoil it so early on?

I was hoping ol twithead would take a bite into it...
There isn't much to spoil. Any highschool student could solve it.
9. DoctorScribbles
BWA Soldier
17 Mar '07 00:48
Originally posted by dj2becker
3 men go into a motel.
Gay.
10. 17 Mar '07 02:56
Originally posted by dj2becker
3 men go into a motel.

The man behind the desk said the room is R30, so each man paid R10 and went to the room.

A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only R25,
so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guy's room with R5.

On the way the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split R5 evenly
between 3 men, so he gave each man a R1 an ...[text shortened]... hich is a total
of R27, add the R2 that the bellboy kept = R29.

Where is the other Rand?
11. 17 Mar '07 03:03
I still don't get it.
12. 17 Mar '07 03:05
Originally posted by dj2becker
3 men go into a motel.

The man behind the desk said the room is R30, so each man paid R10 and went to the room.

A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only R25,
so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guy's room with R5.

On the way the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split R5 evenly
between 3 men, so he gave each man a R1 an ...[text shortened]... hich is a total
of R27, add the R2 that the bellboy kept = R29.

Where is the other Rand?
theres no rand cu'z they paid R25 and 3 guys received R1 one of each plus r2 for the bellboy...
13. 17 Mar '07 09:08
Originally posted by scottishinnz
If you have problems with this, no wonder you have problems with something complex like abiogenesis or evolution.
14. UmbrageOfSnow
All Bark, No Bite
17 Mar '07 20:43
A Mathematician, a Biologist and a Physicist are sitting in a street cafe
watching people going in and coming out of the house on the other side
of the street.

First they see two people going into the house. Time passes.
After a while they notice three persons coming out of the house.

The Physicist: "The measurement wasn't accurate.".
The Biologists conclusion: "They have reproduced".
The Mathematician: "If now exactly 1 person enters the house then it will be
empty again."
15. 17 Mar '07 21:32
Originally posted by dj2becker
3 men go into a motel.

The man behind the desk said the room is R30, so each man paid R10 and went to the room.

A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only R25,
so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guy's room with R5.

On the way the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split R5 evenly
between 3 men, so he gave each man a R1 an ...[text shortened]... hich is a total
of R27, add the R2 that the bellboy kept = R29.

Where is the other Rand?
One interesting thing about this is that people have problems with it at all. I think it's a psychological thing - you take some numbers, and they almost add up to some other number, and because it almost fits, you can convince people that it should add up. If you'd tell the story like this, I doubt it would work at all:

"3 men go into a motel.

The man behind the desk said the room is R30, so each man paid R10 and went to the room.

A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only R20,
so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guy's room with R10.

On the way the bellboy thought that he could make some money out of this, so he gave each man a R1 and kept the other R7 for himself.

This meant that the 3 men each paid R9 for the room, which is a total
of R27, add the R7 that the bellboy kept = R34.

Where did those 4 extra Rands come from?"