Monday 24 December 2012 5.16pm
Here we are again.
This evening, (using the 24-hour clock,) we will see: 20.12 on the 20th of the 12th, 12.
Number always amuse me. I still don't know the answer to the following old mathematical conundrum. There must be someone out there who knows how this works.
Three old ladies club together to buy a second-hand TV.
When they get to the shop they find the only one they can afford is an old black and white one for thirty quid. So they put in £10 each and ask the bloke to deliver it.
After they leave the shop he feels sorry for them and says to his van driver, "Tell the old ladies I've made a mistake and the TV should only have been £25, and give them back five pounds."
The driver sees the opportunity to make himself a couple of quid and so only gives the ladies £3, keeping £2 for himself.
Here's the thing.... The ladies have therefore only contributed £9 each instead of £10.
3 x £9 = £27. The driver has got £2 in his pocket, making £29. Where's the other £1 gone?
You shouldn't be adding the £2 to £27 but rather deducting it; they paid £27 of which £25 went to the shop and £2 to deliveryman. Once the price was reduced, £30 became a red herring.