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Subj:.....Farmer Gives Away Eggs (S279b, S623) 
          From: flovilla on 6/8/2002
      and From: Puzzles And Brain Teasers on 12/10/2008
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Source: http://www.afunzone.com/adailypuzzle/12-10-08.html

A farmer had more eggs than he needed.  So he decided to
give some to three of his neighbors.

He gave Sam half of the eggs he'd gathered, plus half of
one egg.  Next, he visited Betty and gave her half of the
eggs he had left, plus half of an egg.

Finally, the farmer gave John half of the remaining eggs,
plush half of an egg.  Then he returned home with exactly
one egg.

The farmer never had to actually cut an egg in half---he
just "rounded up" the number by half an egg in each
instance.  How many did he start with?

Finger pointing down
from darrell94590 on 1/2/2006
Drawing from Ripleys-Believe It Or Not

                  THE SOLUTION

The answer is l5.

To work the problem using high school algebra start with
"Sam's eggs + Betty's eggs + John's eggs + 1 = total eggs."
Or work backwards with logic, eg.
   1 + 2 = 3 (Farmer plus John's eggs)
   3 + 4 = 7 (Farmer plus John and Betty's eggs)
   7 + 8 = 15 (All four's eggs)