Since this one was more difficult than I thought it would be, this one might bend some minds.

Three guests check into a hotel room. The manager says the bill is $30, so each guest pays $10. Later the manager realizes the bill should only have been $25. To rectify this, he gives the bellhop $5 as five one-dollar bills to return to the guests.

On the way to the guests’ room to refund the money, the bellhop realizes that he cannot equally divide the five one-dollar bills among the three guests. As the guests are not aware of the total of the revised bill, the bellhop decides to just give each guest $1 back and keep $2 as a tip for himself and proceeds to do so.

As each guest got $1 back, each guest only paid $9, bringing the total paid to $27. The bellhop kept $2, which, when added to the $27, comes to $29. So, if the guests originally handed over $30, what happened to the remaining $1?

You don’t add the $2 to $27, you subtract $2 from $27 to get to the $25 room charge.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bingo

What @joe6pak said. Give that man a cigar.

I gave away 30 dollars in iOTW bucks, giving each reader 10 bucks, but realized I was only supposed to give twenty-five. Each reader got ten. Now I need five back. They each gave me a dollar, leaving 9 each, which is twenty-seven, and said they would donate 2 to Trump. How many potatoes do I now have?

The bellhop should never have bothered to return any of the $5, it was guaranteed to cause problems – whether an argument about how much each should have gotten back, or about how to do the math! Silly bellhop! 🙂

If the bellhop stole $2 and then spent it at the same hotel, How much did the hotel make off of that $30 room?

Biden math.

I don’t like these puzzles. They make my brain hurt by thinking.

I have to use equations.

QED.

@BFH:

Depends. How many iOTWers are reading the site right now?

I wus toad there wood bee no maath.

I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

Let me ask Terrence Howard.

Here’s another good one.

You have a solid sphere, and you drill a hole all the way through it, dead center. The hole is six inches long. What is the volume of the material left in the sphere, i.e., what’s left after you drilled the hole?

Al, it depends on the diameter of the hole you drilled.

I think the real issue is the unauthorized 8% tip the guy took from each of the guests…

@Joe6pak — The problem statement contains all information needed to solve the puzzle.

Math story problems.

The stuff of nightmares.

😨

@joe6pak — BTW, that’s a clue.

Uncle Al – 10% for the Big Guy.

If you used a 6″ drill the answer is zero.

@Not That Anonymous — No, even if you use a 6″ drill what’s left is more than zero.

I’ve watched a swindler use this technique to confuse a cashier in order to steal a few bucks from her back in 1979. I was a stock clerk still in high school. After he left the store she called the manager once she realized she was duped. The manager got her to explain what she remembered and they tried to re-enact the exchange and after a few minutes gave up. They never really were able to determine how much he stole.

It’s sad that people will put this much effort into an illegal activity rather than actually performing real work for a fair pay.

@Jethro — I’ve only ever known one man who went in for this sort of petty con job stealing. He didn’t do it for the money, he did it because it entertained him.

Not my kind of amusement, I have to say.

The guy from the other math problem stole it so now the grocery store is out $101

Jethro, people these days cannot do simple math in their head.

Ironically they call it “equity.”

I paid a guy $20 for a $17 fee, he picked up his phone to calculate the $3 change.

He was in his early 20’s

I literally shook my damn head!

I can do the math. But I refuse to do the math because I’m accumulating mass quantities of gin in my stomach.

QED

When I was 16 the first thing the store manager taught me was what bins to put the money into in the till. The next thing she taught me was how to count up change.

After that she told me to always rest the money the customer gave me on the shelf just above the till and not to put it into the till until the customer was satisfied with the change in case there was a dispute.

Also – when the bins get full move the extra bills down into the little safe below the register.

It was always stressful totaling out at the end of my shift worrying if I had made a mistake sometime during the shift.

The hotel guests should have spoke Spanish and gotten a free hotel room like all the illegals.

more confusing math

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https://youtu.be/zEMOhRWW7x8?si=v2ov7avGOFxxXi_z

more 3 stooges math

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https://youtu.be/1aVYJ-krSMA?si=TGBP2mAiBzOA2jXh

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Fur, I turned your potatoes into french fries and they got stale before the mail got them to you, so you threw them out to the birds, who got sick and waited for you to come out and pooed all over you.

Now, aren’t you sorry you asked???

I hate math!

“As each guest got $1 back, each guest only paid $9, bringing the total paid to $27.”

WRONG.

Correct cost per guest is $25 / 3 = $8.33

Actual cost per guest is ($30 – $2) / 3 = $9.33

Assuming that each guest only paid $9 introduces a rounding error.

@ Jethro Wednesday, 22 May 2024, 18:22 at 6:22 pm,

Do you remember when Cashiers could count back your change from the charge to the payment? As opposed to counting out what the machine states is the change. I don’t think I’ve ever handed over payment without knowing what change to expect…

FJB

Uncle Al—- “all of it.”

36π in³

The key concept is that the six inch HEIGHT of the hole is the constant and the diameter of the sphere will vary with the DIAMETER of the hole. The wider the hole, the thinner the ring of remaining material. It turns out that it’s all the same answer as if you drilled a hole of zero width, then you can simply use the formula for the volume of a sphere.

V = 4/3 x πr³

The answer is 42.

You just have to discover what the question is.

^ In a Universe driven by negative Lobachevskyan spacetime, what is the mean time in minutes between Joe Biden’s bowel movements?

@General, that Depend®s on the curvature of the saddle and just how hyperbolic you want to be in describing the smell, and then there’s Ӫ to consider, the ratio of dingleberry radius to separation.

But to answer your question, I have to say that calculating it is at the very top of my list of things to put at the very bottom of my to-do list! 😎

Thank you Zaphod! That’s amazingly amazing!

Amazing, Uncle Al. Butt I guess for years, I had Ӫ wrong (theta double dot for non-engineers). I thought it was the angular acceleration of a shit load trapped in his pants as he spun around to avoid a slap by a girl’s mother. But you know, the ratio of dingleberry radius to separation does make a lotta sense. Empirical evidences suggests that his dingleberry radius can get alarmingly large.

If you guys want some killer math problems I can send them to you daily. All Trig though. The beauty of my job is I get instant feed back when I’m wrong LOL.

@Brad, thanks but no thanks! The only trig problems I want to deal with are those that can be solved with a little stoning and polishing.

Math – not even once.

Oscar had a heap of apples. Right up there with Eli the Ice man.

First grader version:

“I have eleven fingers.” (Hold up one hand to count fingers) “Look: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6…” (hold up other hand) “and five, is eleven.”