Thursday, 2 February 2017
What a Camelot of problems
He said: "The youngest amongst you should have 1/6 of my camels. The eldest should have 1/2 of my camels. And the one born second should have 1/4 of my camels!"
The children took away the 11 camels and discussed amongst themselves how they are to divide them. However they started, they had to kill at least one camel and divide it amongst them; which was a waste.
CAN YOU HELP THEM DIVIDE THE 11 CAMELS WITHOUT KILLING ANY OF THEM?
Work it out for a while before looking down at the answer ... It can be done with a little lateral thinking. I know the temptation is there to look for the answer, but don't do so right away.
Meanwhile ... here is a short interlude.
By the way, did you know that a camel with one hump is called a dromedary?
OK ... now let's go back to the three brothers and their problem.
The three brothers went to see the elder of the village and told him their problem. He asked them to bring his own camel which was tied to a palm tree. He now had 12 camels in the herd.
He gave the youngest brother 1/6 of the herd - which is 2 camels.
He gave the eldest brother 1/2 of the herd - which is 6 camels.
He then gave the other brother 1/4 of the herd - which is 3 camels.
He then asked them to tie his camel back to the palm tree.