#1

okay *streatches fingers, cracking knuckles*

*clears damn throat*

(I don't know the answer to this, and it's giving me insonmia)

three people eat at a restaurant. the meal costs them 30 dollars total. each of them pays $10. The waiter takes their bill, but upon further observation, the manager realizes that there was a mistake, and it only costs a total of 25 dollars, and gives the waiter 5 dollars to give back to the customers. The waiter, being a sneaky fellow, pockets 2 dollars. He gives the remaining 3 dollars to the customers.

Now here's the tricky part.

They each get one dollar back, so the total they each pay is $9, right? 9 multiplied by 3=27.

add the waiter's pocketed $2, and you have $29.

where did the $1 go?

*clears damn throat*

(I don't know the answer to this, and it's giving me insonmia)

three people eat at a restaurant. the meal costs them 30 dollars total. each of them pays $10. The waiter takes their bill, but upon further observation, the manager realizes that there was a mistake, and it only costs a total of 25 dollars, and gives the waiter 5 dollars to give back to the customers. The waiter, being a sneaky fellow, pockets 2 dollars. He gives the remaining 3 dollars to the customers.

Now here's the tricky part.

They each get one dollar back, so the total they each pay is $9, right? 9 multiplied by 3=27.

add the waiter's pocketed $2, and you have $29.

where did the $1 go?

#2

I have it.

But seriously, I don't know... it's like when people count eleven fingers... I think it's just a counting trick.

But seriously, I don't know... it's like when people count eleven fingers... I think it's just a counting trick.

#3

9*3=27

27-2=25 which was the cost of the meal.

27-2=25 which was the cost of the meal.

#4

I know it but i forgot >

But I'll ask my nerd sister later so you can sleep again.

But I'll ask my nerd sister later so you can sleep again.

#5

It went to the searchbar.

But seriously, this has been done.

But seriously, this has been done.

#6

Theres three of them so they couldnt divide the dollar evenly?

#7

It went to charity.

#8

I have it..

As for the topic: It's not really a riddle since there's no answer. It's just a mathematic anomaly.

#9

the 2 dollars is counted twice.

once in the $27 and then the riddle adds it on again to get 29. when in fact it should add the 3 dollars that were given back to the guys.

once in the $27 and then the riddle adds it on again to get 29. when in fact it should add the 3 dollars that were given back to the guys.

#10

They do the sum wrong.

They say it wrong so it misleads you.

EDIT: Lemoninfluence is right.

They say it wrong so it misleads you.

EDIT: Lemoninfluence is right.

#11

It went to the searchbar.

But seriously, this has been done.

and how many times...

#12

Well you gotta remember that the manager only has $25, not 30.

9x3= 27

27 - 2 = 25.

More to the point, where can you get a 10 dollar meal these days?

Edit:

Manager has $25 in pocket

Customers have $3 in pocket

Waiter has $2 in pocket

= $30

9x3= 27

27 - 2 = 25.

More to the point, where can you get a 10 dollar meal these days?

Edit:

Manager has $25 in pocket

Customers have $3 in pocket

Waiter has $2 in pocket

= $30

*Last edited by breadstick at Oct 2, 2008,*

#13

$9 each

9 x 3 = 27 correct? yes

you dont add the $2 to 27 you subtract it.

$25 meal, $3 returned to the customers, $2 pocketed by waitertheif.

All sums up mate.

9 x 3 = 27 correct? yes

you dont add the $2 to 27 you subtract it.

$25 meal, $3 returned to the customers, $2 pocketed by waitertheif.

All sums up mate.

#14

More to the point, where can you get a 10 dollar meal these days?

McDonald's? lol

Okay, thanks guys. Hopefully I can sleep now. Ur all awesome.

#15

The dudes pay $28 dollars [$30 - the waiter's $2].

#16

McDonald's? lol

Okay, thanks guys. Hopefully I can sleep now. Ur all awesome.

I refuse to classify McDonalds as a restaurant. More of an eatery.

#17

The dudes pay $28 dollars [$30 - the waiter's $2].

#18

The dudes pay $28 dollars [$30 - the waiter's $2].

nope, they paid 27 (25+the waiter's 2)

the riddle adds it twice.

#19

My math says there is no missing $. 30-25-2=3....

#20

The answer is simple.

$25 + 5 = 30 - (the 2$ pocketed by the Waiter) = 28

Therefore your dividing by 28. Each person paid. 9.333333333

$25 + 5 = 30 - (the 2$ pocketed by the Waiter) = 28

Therefore your dividing by 28. Each person paid. 9.333333333

#21

Wrong.The answer is simple.

$25 + 5 = 30 - (the 2$ pocketed by the Waiter) = 28

Therefore your dividing by 28. Each person paid. 9.333333333

#22

It's not a riddle. It's a paradox.

#23

It's neither.It's not a riddle. It's a paradox.

#24

The pear ate it.

#25

It may not technically be a paradox, but it's considered a paradox.

So it's a paradox.

So it's a paradox.

#26

The little dollar went to dollar heaven where he plays with his friends and drinks from rivers of chocolate.

#27

It's not a paradox and most definetely not a riddle.

It is simply that the way the problem is described, it's mathematically incorrect.

$10 + $10 + $10 -> $1 + $1 + $1 + $25 + $2

(10-1) + (10-1) + (10-1) -> 0+0+0 + 25 + 2

9+9+9 -2 ->25

The dollar didn't go anywhere.

It's simply misleading the way it's worded.

If You look at the above separation, you see that if you keep the equation/balance of money correctly, you actually have to subtract 2 to get the meal money, adding 2 would be mathematically incorrect, so that's why you get 29. It's because you ADD 2, which detracts from the scope of the question.

It is simply that the way the problem is described, it's mathematically incorrect.

$10 + $10 + $10 -> $1 + $1 + $1 + $25 + $2

(10-1) + (10-1) + (10-1) -> 0+0+0 + 25 + 2

9+9+9 -2 ->25

The dollar didn't go anywhere.

It's simply misleading the way it's worded.

If You look at the above separation, you see that if you keep the equation/balance of money correctly, you actually have to subtract 2 to get the meal money, adding 2 would be mathematically incorrect, so that's why you get 29. It's because you ADD 2, which detracts from the scope of the question.

#28

id forgotten the answer to this, but Lemoninfluence got it

#29

It's not a riddle. It's a paradox.

its not a paradox, its maths for 9yr olds

#30

It may not technically be a paradox, but it's considered a paradox.

So it's a paradox.

No, it's not.

#31

There is no extra dollar.

30 - 25 = 5

5 - 2 = 3, they each get one dollar back + the $2 the waiter pocketed, ergo 30.

The last sentence is a throw-off.

30 - 25 = 5

5 - 2 = 3, they each get one dollar back + the $2 the waiter pocketed, ergo 30.

The last sentence is a throw-off.

#32

okay *streatches fingers, cracking knuckles*

*clears damn throat*

(I don't know the answer to this, and it's giving me insonmia)

three people eat at a restaurant. the meal costs them 30 dollars total. each of them pays $10. The waiter takes their bill, but upon further observation, the manager realizes that there was a mistake, and it only costs a total of 25 dollars, and gives the waiter 5 dollars to give back to the customers. The waiter, being a sneaky fellow, pockets 2 dollars. He gives the remaining 3 dollars to the customers.

Now here's the tricky part.They each get one dollar back, so the total they each pay is $9, right? 9 multiplied by 3=27.

add the waiter's pocketed $2, and you have $29.

where did the $1 go?

They paid 27, the two that the waiter has pocketed is included in that.

27 - 2 = 25, which covers the bill.