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The Missing Dollar

Date: 03/29/97 at 14:49:10
From: Miloni
Subject: The Missing Dollar

Three men went to a restaurant for dinner and spent $30, but the 
cashier gave the waiter back $5. The waiter kept $2 as a tip and gave 
$1 back to each man. Each man winds up paying $9, or $9 x 3 = $27 
total. The waiter kept $2, which is a total of $29. Where did the 
missing $ go?

Date: 04/01/97 at 17:33:08
From: Doctor Steven
Subject: Re: The Missing Dollar

The trick lies in the last line.  The sentence "the waiter kept $2" is 
misleading.  The waiter's tip is already calculated into the $27 bill, 
so you don't add it again.  The other 3 dollars was dispersed equally 
among the three men.

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