# Jokes & Humor - the missing dollar?

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Zan
11-05-08, 08:44 PM
more of a mind puzzle instead of a joke: (and yes, i do know how to explain it; i'm just passing around for fun:)).

three friends are in a restaurant. they have their meal and are about to pay for it. the waiter comes by with the bill. the bill comes out to 15\$. the three friends each throw in 5\$, and the waiter takes the money to the cashier guy.

the cashier guy says to the waiter "you fool, you were only meant to charge them 10\$! go return 5\$!"

so off the waiter goes, back to the people. however, the friends don't know that they are owed 5\$, and the waiter knows this. the waiter decides to pocket 2\$, and only give 3\$ back to the friends; they wouldn't know, right?

so the waiter returns 1\$ to each friend, and keeps 2\$ for himself. if each friend gets 1\$ back, that means they each only paid 4\$. the waiter kept 2\$. 3(4) + 2 = 14\$. but in total they paid 15\$!

where did the missing dollar go?

JoesInBoston
11-06-08, 07:48 AM
There is no missing dollar.

It's all about how you present this to whoever is reading it. The 3(4) + \$2 = \$14 line is misleading, because the 2 dollars that was kept by the waiter is actually part of the 3(4).

\$10 bill + \$2 the waiter kept = \$12 = 3 x \$4

SebNoker
11-06-08, 10:50 AM
Dammit...i hate maths....now im confused....im gonna stick to why the chicken crossed the road.....

chainstrainer
11-06-08, 04:02 PM
This the same math the government is using to bail out Wall Street. I'll leave it to you to guess who has the missing funds.

limeylew
11-13-08, 12:20 PM
there is no missing dollar.

It's all about how you present this to whoever is reading it. The 3(4) + \$2 = \$14 line is misleading, because the 2 dollars that was kept by the waiter is actually part of the 3(4).

\$10 bill + \$2 the waiter kept = \$12 = 3 x \$4

duh !!!!

Zan
11-13-08, 07:35 PM
There is no missing dollar.

It's all about how you present this to whoever is reading it. The 3(4) + \$2 = \$14 line is misleading, because the 2 dollars that was kept by the waiter is actually part of the 3(4).

\$10 bill + \$2 the waiter kept = \$12 = 3 x \$4

aw, now you've ruined it for the rest :P