A woodworker near here passed away recently.
When he died, he had 17 boards of Brazilian Rosewood.
In his will, he had left 1/2 of those boards to his oldest son, 1/3 to
his middle son, and 1/9 to his youngest son.
The family discussed/argued/fought over how to best split up the lumber.
To no avail. No matter how hard they tried, they could not make the
fractions work into the number 17, and nobody wanted to cut those boards.
The village idiot made a suggestion that worked.
He suggested he'd lend them one of his boards which would make the total
The oldest son got 9 boards
The middle son got 6 boards
and the youngest got 2 boards.
9+6+2, and the Village idiot took his board back and walked off
whistling and thinking who the idiots really were.
CAVEAT!!!! This was meant to be a cute little thing to share with your
loved ones, NOT intended to be the fuel for a mathematical flame-war.