### An old farmer died leaving his 17 horses to his 3 sons.

### When his sons opened up the will it read:

### ‘My eldest son should get 1/2 (half) of total horses;’

### ‘My middle son should be given 1/3rd (one-third) of the total horses;’

### ‘My youngest son should be given 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, the three sons started to fight with each other.

### So, they decided to go to a farmer friend who they considered quite smart, to see if he could work it out for them.

### The farmer friend read the will patiently, and, after giving due thought, brought one of his own horses over and added it to the 17.

### That increased the total to 18 horses.

### Now, he divided the horses according to their father’s will.

### Half of 18 = 9. So he gave the eldest son 9 horses.

### 1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave the middle son 6 horses.

### 1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave the youngest son 2 horses.

### Now add up how many horses they have:

### Eldest son 9

### Middle son 6

### Youngest son 2

### TOTAL = 17

### This leaves one horse over, so the farmer friend takes his horse back to his farm……

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