17 Camels and 3 Sons _ Long ago, there lived an old man with his three sons in a deserted village located in the vicinity of a desert. He had 17 camels and they were the main source of his income. He used to rent out camels as a means of shipping in the desert. One day, he passed away and He had left a will, leaving his assets for his 3 sons.
After the funeral and the other obligations were over, the three sons read the will. While their father had divided all the property he had into three equal parts and he had divided the 17 camels differently. They were not shared equally among the three as 17 is an odd number and a prime number also which cannot be divided.
The old man had stated that the eldest son will own half of the 17 camels, the middle one will get one-third of the 17 camels and the youngest one will get his share of camels as one-ninth.
All of them were stunned after reading the will and questioned each other how to divide the camels as mentioned in the will. It is not possible to divide 17 camels and give half of the 17 camels to the eldest one. It is not possible also to divide the camels for the other two sons.
They spent several days thinking of ways to divide the camels as mentioned in the will. But none of them could find the answer.
They finally took the issue to the wise man in their village. The wise man heard their problem and instantly found a solution. He asked them to bring all the camels in his place.
The sons brought all the camels and then the wise man added a camel owned by him and made the total number of camels 18.
Now, he asked the eldest son to read the will. As per the will, the eldest son got half of the camels, which counted to 18 / 2 = 9 camels. The eldest son got 9 camels as his share.
The remaining camels were 9.
The wise man asked the middle one to read the will. One-third of the total camels assigned to him as per will. It came to 18 / 3 = 6 camels. The second son got 6 camels as his share.
Now the remaining camels were 3,
The youngest son read out his share of camels one-ninth of the total camels 18 / 9 = 2 camels.
Now, The Brothers shared 9 + 6 + 2 camels, which counted to 17 camels.
Now, the wise man took his camel back that he added. The wise man solved the problem smartly with his intelligence.
Intelligence is nothing but finding a common ground to solve an issue. In short, every problem has a solution.