I got this one in the email today:

3 men go into a hotel.

The man behind the desk said the room is $30 so each man paid $10 and went to the room.

A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only $25 so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guys’ room with $5.

On the way the bellboy couldn’t figure out how to split $5 evenly between 3 men, so he gave each man a $1 and kept the other $2 for himself.

This meant that the 3 men each paid $9 for the room, which is a total of $27 add the $2 that the bellboy kept = $29. Where is the other dollar?

I love this one, it totally does your head in. And it drove my mum crazy and a whole host of other people. It’s called a trick, it gets you with one simple little phrase: “the 3 men each paid $9 for the room, which is a total of $27″.

It doesn’t work like that. The $2 for the bellboy comes from the $27 they “spent on the room”, the rest ($25) paid for the room, and they all got $1 back. So $25 for the room, $2 for the bellboy and $1 (x3) goes back to them.

It’s the order the story is written in and the way that it makes you think. You are lead to believe that the room cost $27, but it didn’t it only cost $25! And the $2 cost was the $2 the bell boy stole. And the other $3 being the $1 each they got.

The real question asked should be “what are 3 men doing in the hotel room in the first place?”

Love it! I’m going to try that on my nieces. All of their math is word problems so it should be a fruitfull exercise.

As for “what are 3 men doing in the hotel room in the first place?â€ Simple because less than three makes a terrible cir…..oh wait, you aren’t old enought to know why.

O_O