17 cows problem

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July 29th, 2016 at 5:12:24 AM permalink
Wizard
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A farmer has 17 cows. He dies, leaving a will that states that the cows will be divided among his three sons according to the following proportions:

Adam: 1/2
Bill: 1/3
Charlie: 1/9

Obviously, there is 1/18 not accounted for.

How should the 17 cows be divided?

The question for the poll is how many cows should Charlie get?
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July 29th, 2016 at 5:21:03 AM permalink
terapined
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I rounded to a whole number
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July 29th, 2016 at 5:43:35 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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Cows? I think its more Bull that is involved in this. Give everyone their proportionate share and cut up a cow to do it.
Then go cut up the lawyer what drafted the will.

Note Cows do not sleep standing up; cow tipping is for City Boys being initiated into a fraternity. Or for dice setters, who will believe anything except math.
July 29th, 2016 at 6:10:41 AM permalink
miplet
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Quote: Wizard
A farmer has 17 cows. He dies, leaving a will that states that the cows will be divided among his three sons according to the following proportions:

Adam: 1/2
Bill: 1/3
Charlie: 1/9

Obviously, there is 1/18 not accounted for.

How should the 17 cows be divided?

The question for the poll is how many cows should Charlie get?

Adam 9
Bill 6
Charlie 2
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July 29th, 2016 at 6:14:51 AM permalink
Nareed
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Quote: Wizard
How should the 17 cows be divided?


Hamburger.
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July 29th, 2016 at 6:48:53 AM permalink
Wizard
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Quote: miplet
Adam 9
Bill 6
Charlie 2


Why are you distributing the 1/18 share not accounted for in the will by the weight of each share?
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July 29th, 2016 at 6:52:07 AM permalink
terapined
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Quote: Wizard
Why are you distributing the 1/18 share not accounted for in the will by the weight of each share?


In the words of the People's court Judge Millian that has dealt with these types of issues
"Rough justice" :-)
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July 29th, 2016 at 7:51:54 AM permalink
odiousgambit
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even if there were 18 cows, the will does not divide them up right. Probate probably would do the 9,6,2 though. A mathematician apparently would possibly see something I don't LOL. I can't believe the answer is to butcher a cow to divide it
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July 29th, 2016 at 10:07:27 AM permalink
Wizard
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As I think we've seen in the Prince case, where there is no will, or the will doesn't say, all siblings have equal weight.

So, I submit for consideration that the younger one should get 17*(1/9) + 17*(1/18)*(1/3) = 2.2037 cows.
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July 29th, 2016 at 11:22:07 AM permalink
Ayecarumba
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Since the will doesn't provide instructions for the leftover 0.0556 cow, the entire herd should be sold, the proceeds distributed, and the leftover portion added back to the estate. I assume the farmer's wife would get the leftover portion, since she gets the farmhouse and the truck.
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