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# I bet you cant work this out

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posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:09 PM
You see a shirt for £97, but you don't have the money, so you borrow £50 off your mum and £50 off your dad. £50 + £50 = £100 right? You buy the shirt and have £3 change, you give £1 to your mum, £1 to your dad and keep £1 to yourself. Now you owe them both £49
£49 + £49 = £98 + YOUR £1 = £99. Where's the other pound gone?

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:11 PM

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:13 PM
I bet it won't be long till this is moved

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:14 PM
Taxes!!

Hmm, I think you might have broken math as we know it.

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:15 PM
There is no other pound.

You're trying to add money owed and money owned, that doesn't work. It isn't a viable problem.

It's a trick question.
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posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:15 PM
Wow, I have never seen that one. I will be interested to find out the trick. I believe it is all to do with the £1 kept

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:17 PM

A 98 pound shirt ...paid by Mum and Dad
...wow you are a lucky one .

The question should be why are you borrowing 100 quid off your parents for a shirt?

Don't you work?

They should charge you interest or make you make them breakfast for a year as a condition of giving you so much money for a shirt.
Are you on TV or something?

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:19 PM
Taxes on the shirt. That has got to be the only answer. Suprised you had any money left to give back or keep.

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:21 PM

I had three dollars, and owed \$100 (sorry, don't have the pound sign, so have to use \$). Now I have \$1, and owe \$98. I could give that \$1 to either parent, and then only owe \$97. Which is what the shirt cost. The problem with your original statement is ... crap, I'm confusing myself - I never "owned" that extra dollar, because it was borrowed. So rather that having \$49 + \$49 + 1, it should be \$49 + \$49 - \$1, which means I am left owing \$97 for a \$97 dollar shirt.

Jeez, you come up with that, and on a Friday night? I hear my valpolicella calling me.

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posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:25 PM

Originally posted by SupersonicSerpent
You see a shirt for £97, but you don't have the money, so you borrow £50 off your mum and £50 off your dad. £50 + £50 = £100 right? You buy the shirt and have £3 change, you give £1 to your mum, £1 to your dad and keep £1 to yourself. Now you owe them both £49
£49 + £49 = £98 + YOUR £1 = £99. Where's the other pound gone?

Simply put, they are two financial balance sheets. One is for the purchase, One is for the Loan. and other than the fact that the loan permitted you to make your purchase, it had nothing to do with your outstanding loan balance.

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:27 PM

You put it much moar eloquently than I could. Woot!

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:32 PM

Originally posted by SupersonicSerpent
You see a shirt for £97, but you don't have the money, so you borrow £50 off your mum and £50 off your dad. £50 + £50 = £100 right? You buy the shirt and have £3 change, you give £1 to your mum, £1 to your dad and keep £1 to yourself. Now you owe them both £49
£49 + £49 = £98 + YOUR £1 = £99. Where's the other pound gone?

Problem's busted, friend. Regardless of you still having a pound, you still owe them 98 pounds, 49 apiece - meaning you need to come up with 97 more, which means the two you already paid out is exactly correct since you're just holding the one back for yourself (for some sick reason...we're forced to presume you're a sick, selfish person living off the kindness of others at this point).

That said - does anyone else think the pound symbol is stupid, and looks like some kind of retarded, anemic E?
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posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:33 PM
You would make a great politician.
Duping the public with fancy word plays on math.

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:38 PM

Originally posted by SupersonicSerpent
You see a shirt for £97, but you don't have the money, so you borrow £50 off your mum and £50 off your dad. £50 + £50 = £100 right? You buy the shirt and have £3 change, you give £1 to your mum, £1 to your dad and keep £1 to yourself. Now you owe them both £49
£49 + £49 = £98 + YOUR £1 = £99. Where's the other pound gone?

thats a funny joke ... are you a banker?

fractional reserve borrowing but you only fractionalize in fractional deductive percentages

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:40 PM

Originally posted by SupersonicSerpent
You see a shirt for £97, but you don't have the money, so you borrow £50 off your mum and £50 off your dad. £50 + £50 = £100 right? You buy the shirt and have £3 change, you give £1 to your mum, £1 to your dad and keep £1 to yourself. Now you owe them both £49
£49 + £49 = £98 + YOUR £1 = £99. Where's the other pound gone?

I have seen this before.

It's more of a semantic trick.

The equation you provided at the end does not match with the verbal description you gave; Even through it seems like it. Here is why.

You borrow and you have 100 Dollars, than get 3 dollars in change. Keep 1, give 1 mom, give 1 dad.

To put it correctly, the correct equation is

£49 + £49 = £98 MINUS YOUR £1 = £97 (cost of the shirt)

Edit: Doesn't the originally of this version involve three people going to a hotel and getting a room (not joking)?

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posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:41 PM
I don't know ,what's the solution ? All the egg heads on this site,one should know the answer.

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:42 PM

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:43 PM
This is old, the OP didnt make it up, he copy pasted it from a website....type "£100 shirt £49 a piece wheres the other pound" into google
I saw this at least 15 years ago.

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:47 PM
reply to post by loves a conspiricy

O0
edit on 13-1-2012 by SupersonicSerpent because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:52 PM
I think the other posters have gotten it. The initial deal with the shirt is simply fluff to confuse the issue.

The bottom line is, you borrowed 100. You paid them back 2. You still owe them 98. You paid 97 for the shirt, and kept one for yourself. That makes 98, just what you owe.
edit on 13-1-2012 by FissionSurplus because: spelling error

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