The missing dollar problem is, I believe the same sort of word play involved in the "extra finger" problem. Hold up both hands, start counting your fingers beginning with the pinky finger on the left hand--"ten, nine, eight, seven, six" (reaching the thumb of the left hand). Now say, pushing the right hand forward, "and 5 makes 11". You can't count in both directions at once.
On Mon, 13 Mar 1995 DMcelwain@aol.com wrote:
> Hi, > > I am looking for The Missing Dollar Problem. I have a group of kids that > will find this one "interesting". I have searched high and low around this > house, and the problem is no where to be found. I am hoping that someone on > list will have it and post it. > > I am not sure exactly how it goes, but The Missing Dollar Problem is > unsolvable. It starts out describing a man who is paying his hotel bill. He > has $30 and the bill is $27. He tips the bellboy, and somehow gets some > change. When it is all done, he is short a dollar. > > Does anyone have a copy of the problem? > > > Thanks!!!!!! Diane McElwain >