Tag:palindromes
Posted on: January 17, 2008 2:28 pm

## More Random Facts that you really don't need....

Well, as promised, the thrilling continuation of "Random facts that you really never need to know". Today we're going to learn why barns are red, and more importantly, how to win money by disproving math... Oh ya, and a little hockey...

Why are barns red?

How to win Money at the bar by disproving math...

First off, this is a little tricky but it's genuis... First you need to wait until your friends get nice and tipsy (it works sober, but it's more fun when they're drunk, oh and they're more likely to wager money) Next, bet your friends that you can ask them a really simple math question that they won't only not be able to answer, but they won't even be able to explain... Here's the question in simple word problem form...

The set-up-  3 guys are driving down an old highway really late one night, when all of a sudden their car starts making a funny sound, the sound gets worse & worse until the engine sputters to a hault. The 3 guys get out of the car and look around, luckily they see a little motel up the way. it's almost 4am and everyone is tired so they decide to get some sleep & get the car fixed in the morning. So they walk to the motel and go inside.

The story- When they get inside they tell the clerk what happened and they ask "how much for the 3 of us to split a room for the night?" the clerk responds " well guys, a room is \$30 per night... since there's 3 of you sharing, it'll be \$10 per person"  So each of the 3 guys pulls out a \$10 bill and gives it to the clerk, giving the clerk a total of \$30, and they go up to their room. Just after this, the motel owner comes out & asks the clerk "hey, how much did you just charge those guys?" the clerk responds  "\$30, ten dollars a piece" The owner says, you overcharged them... it was only \$25 dollars tonight, here take \$5 dollars and go give them their money back" The clerk says ok and takes 5, one dollar bills upstairs. As he's walking he thinks, "how am I going to split \$5 among 3 guys? I'll just pocket \$2 and tell them the room was cheaper. So he pockets \$2 & knocks on the door. He explains what had happened and gives each guy \$1 back, says goodnight and walks away.

The problem- So the room was orignally \$30 correct? Each guy originally paid \$10 a piece correct? Each guy got a \$1 refund so after getting one dollar back each. Each guy paid \$9 a piece correct? Well 9 + 9 + 9 = 27  (or 9 x 3 = 27) the clerk only put \$2 in his pocket right? That only adds up to \$29 dollars... Where did the last dollar go?

The next problem - Getting your friends to actually pay you after they sit there dumbfounded for 10 minutes...

* If you work the problem a different way, you can make it work out, but thats not the point, so be sure to say the story accurately. When said correctly It makes the apperance of a dollar completely vanishing. I can explain the phenomanon but I'll see if any of you can first? Tark, our resident genuis, can you field this one?

On to hockey -

The Wild should of won last night, and  I hate Jerome Ignilia more then any player in the NHL. But the Wild are all alone in first place so I can't complain. Go Wild!!

Hope you enjoyed todays post...

Tomorrows topic:  TBD ( I don't know what kind of mood 'll be in yet)

Category: General

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