Swindled in a bar? This story takes place in Belgium. Three Dutchmen entered a bar. Living up to their reputation, they ordered one Cola with three straws. Each of them contributed 10 francs, so they paid 30 francs. As a Cola was only 25 francs, the barkeeper had a problem: the remaining five francs could not be split in three. So for a start, he gave each of them one franc, and the Dutchmen agreed to let the barman have the remaining two francs as payment for the straws. Everything seemed OK, but after a while the Dutchmen started protesting accusing the barman of swindle: Each of them had contributed 9 francs (10 - 1 = 9), resulting in a total of 27 francs (3 x 9 = 27). Plus the 2 francs of the barkeeper, which makes 29 francs. So what happened to the last franc? Think hard before looking at the solution here Back to riddle-page Homepage in English Homepage in Dutch |