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Where's the remaining $1,000? This is a problem which is really hard to understand how it ends. This is how it goes; You have 2 friends, John and Anna. You borrow $50,000 from both, which means you get a sum of $100,000. You buy a laptop which costs $97,000, so then you have $3,000 remaining. You give $1,000 to John, and another $1,000 to Anna, and you keep the remaining $1,000 for yourself. Now, if calculate this mathematically, you have actually only taken $49,000 from John, and $49,000 from Anna. Here comes the problem. $49,000 + $49,000 = $98,000... Right? But then you had $1,000 with you. So if we add those two like this; $98,000 + $1,000, you get $99,000. WHAT? Where's the other thousand? How did $100,000 become $99,000 at the end?? My father told me, that to find the answer to solve this problem, you need to use "Reverse Phsycology". But how? If you had found a way to unknot this knoted problem, please leave your answer below. If you haven't, just leave your thoughts about this below :)

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In the end, John has given 49,000 and Anna has given 49,000, for a total of 98,000. The laptop store has 97,000 of that , and you have 1000, for a total of 98,000. It all adds up

Steven Chase - 1 month ago

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Thanks alot :D

Hasna Hassen - 4 weeks, 1 day ago

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@Steven Chase had a great explanation. Here's another way of thinking about it:

At the beginning - You: $0 | John: $50,000 | Anna: $50,000 | Laptop Store: $0 | Total = $100,000

After borrowing money - You: $100,000 | John: $0 | Anna: $0 | Laptop Store: $0 | Total = $100,000

After buying the laptop - You: $3000 | John: $0 | Anna: $0 | Laptop Store: $97,000 | Total = $100,000

Finally, after paying John and Anna - You: $1000 | John: $1000 | Anna: $1000 | Laptop Store: $97,000 | Total = $100,000

Hope this helps!

David Stiff - 1 month ago

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Wow :0 I had no idea that this simple explanation would be the answer!

Hasna Hassen - 1 month ago

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Glad it helped!

David Stiff - 4 weeks, 1 day ago

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