trick http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4186/all en-US Where on Earth did the $1 bill go? http://www.wisebread.com/where-on-earth-did-the-1-bill-go <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/where-on-earth-did-the-1-bill-go" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1407846907_7a2d4c2423.jpg" alt="fuzzy math" title="fuzzy math" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="353" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&#39;d like to start by saying I&#39;m awful at math. I mean, really bad. So it will come as no surprise to learn that I just scratched my bald head in wonder when I was told the following story. It may be one you&#39;ve heard before, or a variation of something that&#39;s really old, but I&#39;ll tell it anyway. And then maybe one smart WB reader can show me how this puzzle actually is solved, because I&#39;m clueless.</p> <p>The story starts with three guys (although it could have been three girls, hey, I&#39;m not being sexist here). They&#39;re all out on the town and get quite merry in a local bar. Instead of attempting to drive (bad idea guys) or paying for a pricey cab, they decide to share a cheap hotel room and split the bill. </p> <p>The price for the room, they are told by the receptionist, is $30 for one night. No problem for our guys, they each cough up $10 and go sleep off the booze. In the morning, the receptionist gets the bill and realizes the price for the room is actually only $25. As this guy is as bad at math as I am, he decided to give each guy $1 back and pocket the remaining $2 cash.</p> <p>Here&#39;s where my head hurts.</p> <p>The guys originally paid $10 each for the room.</p> <p>They get $1 back each, meaning they paid $9 each for the room.</p> <p>And the receptionist has $2.</p> <p>$9 x 3 = $27 </p> <p>Add the $2 from the receptionist.</p> <p>$27 + $2 = $29</p> <p>But they originally paid $30. So, where on Earth did the $1 bill go? Help!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-on-earth-did-the-1-bill-go" class="sharethis-link" title="Where on Earth did the $1 bill go?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Life Hacks enigma hotel math puzzle story trick unusual Sun, 02 Dec 2007 05:48:23 +0000 Paul Michael 1446 at http://www.wisebread.com Turn $1 into $100 in about 2 minutes. http://www.wisebread.com/turn-1-into-100-in-about-2-minutes <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/126856_100_.jpg" alt="bill face" title="bill face" width="224" height="300" /></p> <p>So, I can think of a few ways to turn a $1 into a $100 bill in a few minutes. </p> <p>One would be to back a winning horse that has ridiculous odds. Another is to steal it. You could always ask your kind folks or other relatives for the money. Or perhaps <a href="/street-market-scams-dont-believe-the-hype">pull a con or scam</a> on some unwitting passers by. </p> <p>But this way seems the easiest. If only I knew how he did it. </p> <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://embed.break.com/Mjc2ODM2" /><embed src="http://embed.break.com/Mjc2ODM2" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><p><font size=1><a href="http://break.com/watch/276836/Turn_a_1_dollar_bill_into_100_dollars/">Turn a 1 dollar bill into 100 dollars</a> - <a href="http://www.break.com/">Click Here for more great videos and pictures!</a></font></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-1-into-100-in-about-2-minutes" class="sharethis-link" title="Turn $1 into $100 in about 2 minutes." rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Life Hacks $1 $100 amazing cool fun magic party trick prank secret trick Thu, 19 Apr 2007 02:32:54 +0000 Paul Michael 528 at http://www.wisebread.com