Government Math (or) The Missing Dollar PuzzleSubmitted by Chris Madcowski on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 16:50
(even if you've heard this one before it's still a brain tickler. Where did that darn dollar go???)
Three traveling businessmen stop at a motel late one night. The clerk tells them he is sorry but there is only one room available. The men agree to share the room and split the cost of $30 amongst them, each paying $10.
After they've gotten the key and checked in the clerk realizes he's made a mistake - the room should have only cost $25. He calls the bellhop, gives him $5 and tells him to return it to the men.
On the way to the room the bellhop realizes that $5 is hard to split 3 ways, the businessmen aren't even expecting a refund, and no one will ever be the wiser. So he pockets $2, knocks on the door, and hands each of the men $1 each.
So now, instead of having paid $10 each, the businessmen have only paid $9 each for the hotel room. $9 times 3 = $27, plus the $2 the bellhop kept = $29.
Where did the missing dollar go?