Misc Blather

Fractions Are a Lost Art

  • May 21, 2012

Another gem courtesy of mom….

A farmer passed away and left 17 mules to his three sons.
The instructions left in the will said that the oldest boy was
to get one-half, the second eldest one-third, and the youngest
one-ninth.

The three sons, recognizing the difficulty of dividing 17 mules
into these fractions, began to argue.

Their uncle heard about the argument, hitched up his mule, and
drove out to settle the matter. He added his mule to the 17,
making 18.

The eldest son therefore got one-half or nine, the second got
one-third or six, and the youngest got one-ninth or two.

Adding up 9, 6, and 2 equals 17. The uncle, having settled the
argument, hitched up his mule and drove home.


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