# How Many Eggs Did The Man Have in His Basket?

**A man is walking down a road with a basket of eggs.**

**As he is walking he meets a man who buys half of his eggs plus half of an egg.**

**He walks a little further and meets another person who buys half of his eggs plus half of an egg.**

**After proceeding further he meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one half an egg.**

**At this point he has sold all of his eggs, and he never broke an egg.**

**How many eggs did the man have to start with?**

**Answer:**

From the last statement you can make out that the last person gets 1 egg and we can derive the following;

Person one buys half the eggs [3 1/2] plus 1/2 an egg, or 4 total. No eggs broken.

This leaves 3 eggs. Person 2 buys half the remaining eggs [1 1/2] plus 1/2 an egg, or 2 total.

Again no eggs broken. This leaves 1 egg.

Person 3 comes along, and he buys half the eggs [1/2] plus 1/2 an egg, or 1 egg. No broken eggs, eggs all sold