Three outstanding men from
Alderson, West Virginian walked into a motel in
Virginia and asked to rent three rooms. The desk
clerk said that the cost would be 10 dollars per
room for a total of 30 dollars. After each man
had paid the clerk 10 dollars and had gone to
their rooms, the motel manager came in and
discussed the room rental fee for the three
rooms with the desk clerk.
Those boys a good hard working people from West
Virginian, so I want you to call them back and
tell them that the cost for the three rooms will
only be 25 dollars instead of 30 dollars.
The desk clerk did as he was told and called the
three men back to the lobby so that he could
return some of their money to them. He realized
that he couldn’t divide the 5 dollars evenly
among the three men, so he decided to keep 2
dollars for himself.
The desk clerk gave each man 1 dollar and the
men returned to their rooms, happy that they
only had to pay 9 dollars per room rather than
Now let’s see if we can figure out what has
happened. Each man spent 9 dollars for his room,
which makes a total of 27 dollars. The desk
clerk has 2 dollars and so the men spent a total
of 29 dollars for their rooms. The question now
is; where in the world did the other dollar go?
P.S. I showed this to my wife and asked her this
question. She quickly said “the dog ate it”. So
what do you think? Did the dog actually eat the
dollar bill or is there some other explanation
for where the missing dollar went?