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An Old Farmer, 17 Horses and Three Sons

An old farmer died and left his 17 horses to his three sons.

When his sons opened up the will, it read:

“My eldest son should get 1/2 (half) of total horses;’

“My middle son should get 1/3 (one-third) of the total horses.”

“My youngest son should get 1/9 (one-ninth) of the total horses.”

As it is impossible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to fight with each other.

So they decided to go see a farmer friend who they thought was smart enough, to see if he could work it out for them.

The farmer’s friend patiently read the will and after much thought brought one of his own horses over and added it to the 17.

That increased the total to 18 horses.

Now he was dividing the horses according to their father’s will.

Half of 18 = 9. So he gave 9 horses to the eldest son.

1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave 6 horses to the middle son.

1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave the youngest son 2 horses.

Now add up the number of horses they have:

Eldest son 9

Middle son 6

Youngest son 2

TOTAL = 17

This leaves one horse over, so the farmer’s friend takes his horse back to his farm……


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