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# I stumbled upon this logic problem

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You want to buy a phone( the item is not important, it can be anything) that costs 97 \$. You borrow 50\$ from your mother and 50 \$ from your father. After you buy the phone you are left with 3 \$. You give 1 \$ to your mother and 1 \$ to your father. You now owe them 49 \$ each. But you still got 1 \$ .

Maybe its quite easy and I just don't see it.

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the wording makes the situation sound strange, but the money is all there: in the end, you owe \$98 to your parents for the \$98 which became the \$97 phone and a dollar you have. The two remaining dollars are with your parents and that adds up to the \$100

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parents have \$0, you have \$3 +\$97 phone = \$100
then
parents have \$2, you have \$1 +\$97 phone =\$100

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Nice replies. Obviosly all the money are still there, it's not a "get rich fast " way ...lol

I thought it was a nice logic problem and I was in a sharing mood

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I remember hearing a similar logic problem problem when I was younger (7-10). I can't remember it very well, but it does have the supposed "magically appearing dollar" thing.

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I remember hearing a similar logic problem problem when I was younger (7-10). I can't remember it very well, but it does have the supposed "magically appearing dollar" thing.

Omega, I think that one was:

3 people (pirates, if you read the same book I did!) get a room at an Inn and each pay \$10. The Inn Keeper realizes the room was only \$25 and that he overcharged them. He tells the clerk to give \$5 back to the people. Seeing that the people wouldn't be able split the change evenly, and given that they weren't expecting the money back any way, the clerk pockets \$2 and gives the 3 people \$3.

Each receives \$1 back, and one says: sweet! we got the room for \$27 (3 x \$9). The clerk still has \$2 in his pocket.

The room was \$27. The clerk has \$2. That's \$29.

Where's the missing \$1?

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Oh yeah, the disappearing dollar... close enough. And I still find it funny that I keep trying to figure out what the miscalculation was even though I know what it is... if that makes any sense.

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Borrow money:

ASSETS:

Cash: 100\$

Total: 100\$

LIABILITIES:

Father: 50\$

Mother: 50\$

Total: 100\$

ASSETS:

Cash: 3\$

Phone: 97\$

Total: 100\$

LIABILITIES:

Father: 50\$

Mother: 50\$

Total: 100\$

Return 1\$

ASSETS:

Cash: 1\$

Phone: 97\$

Total: 98\$

LIABILITIES:

Father: 49\$

Mother: 49\$

Total: 98\$

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3 people (pirates, if you read the same book I did!) get a room at an Inn and each pay \$10. The Inn Keeper realizes the room was only \$25 and that he overcharged them. He tells the clerk to give \$5 back to the people. Seeing that the people wouldn't be able split the change evenly, and given that they weren't expecting the money back any way, the clerk pockets \$2 and gives the 3 people \$3.

Each receives \$1 back, and one says: sweet! we got the room for \$27 (3 x \$9). The clerk still has \$2 in his pocket.

The room was \$27. The clerk has \$2. That's \$29.

Where's the missing \$1?

Missing dollar puzzles like these have had a damaging effect on me for the past 40 years! Damn them! This same puzzle messed with my mind at an younger age. And so to this day, I can't produce a math or logic solution without second and triple-guessing myself! Doesn't matter if I arrive at the correct solution in the first couple of seconds, nor if the answer is staring me right in the face, I still re-examine my answer with an air of self-doubt... all because of this stupid puzzle that shattered my confidence all those years ago!

Edited by bgm1961

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