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# Arab's Camels

A rich old Arab has three sons. When he died, he willed his 17 camels to the sons, to be divided as follows:

First Son to get 1/2 of the camels,

Second Son to get 1/3rd of the camels,

Third Son to get 1/9th of the camels.

The sons are sitting there trying to figure out how this can possibly be done, when a very old wise man goes riding by on his camel. They stop him and ask him to help them solve their problem. Without hesitation he divides the camels properly and continues riding on his way.

How did he do it?

First Son to get 1/2 of the camels,

Second Son to get 1/3rd of the camels,

Third Son to get 1/9th of the camels.

The sons are sitting there trying to figure out how this can possibly be done, when a very old wise man goes riding by on his camel. They stop him and ask him to help them solve their problem. Without hesitation he divides the camels properly and continues riding on his way.

How did he do it?

### Answer

The old man temporarily added his camel to the 17, making a total of 18 camels.1/2 = 9

1/3 = 6

1/9 = 2

For a total of 17. He then takes his camel back and rides away

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drat, I was going to do this one!

This doesn't really seem to work, but oh, well.

I've heard this one before.

this is what they call a joke...

Got it easily since 17 was so suggestive of the 18 neeeded to divide evenly.

Still seems like math is not the correct category since the essence of the teaser is the riddle not the math.

Still seems like math is not the correct category since the essence of the teaser is the riddle not the math.

An oldie but a goodie. I heard it as 19 horses divided by half, quarter, fifth - same deal!

This is not really math...

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