A farmer died and left his 17 horses to his three sons.
When they opened the will, it read:
My eldest son should get 1/2 (half) of the total horses;
My middle son should get 1/3rd (one-third) of the total horses;
My youngest son should get 1/9th (one-ninth) of the total horses.
As it’s impossible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9 without killing a horse, the three sons started to fight with each other.
Now, he divided the horses according to their fathers will.
Now, add up how many horses they have:
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That totals to 17.
Now this leaves one horse over, so the farmer friend takes his horse back to his farm.
The Moral of the story is this:
Once a person finds the 18th horse the issue is resolved. It can be difficult at times, however, to reach a solution - the first step is to believe that there is a solution, and to believe that there is always a bigger picture.
If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!
Now that’s clever Mathematics.