**The other one dollar didn't go anywhere!**

**This is a counting trick!**The $49 + $49 + $1 = $99 is a very clever counting trick to hide the remaining $1 which physically didn't go anywhere! This is a numbers puzzle!

The error comes about by being

__inconsistent__in how you account for where the $3 in change went after the purchase of the shirt, i.e., first you used the $3 in change to erroneously

__subtract__$1 from what you owe each of your parents ($50 - $1 = $49) (you're counting backwards!) and then you

__added__to that total debt balance of $98 ($49 I owe mom + $49 I owe dad) the $1 which you kept for yourself to then arrive at the false sum of $99, when you should have correctly and

__consistently added__**the $3 change back onto the $97-cost of the shirt so that the correct total balance of $100 would then be realized and accounted for as follows:**

__BEFORE THE PURCHASE OF THE SHIRT__

Amount borrowed from mom -- $50

Amount borrowed from dad --

__$50__

Total borrowed --

__$100__

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__AFTER THE PURCHASE OF THE SHIRT__

Cost of shirt -- $ 97

__plus $ 3 change:__

One dollar to mom -- $ 1

One dollar to dad -- $ 1

One dollar for myself --

__$ 1__

Total

__$100____This problem reminds me of the counting joke/trick that someone told me years ago__:

"Do you know that you have 11 fingers instead of 10?!" Then the person telling the joke holds up a hand and begins counting his fingers on one hand and counts

__backwards__**as follows: "ten - nine - eight - seven -**

**",**

__six__**and then he quickly raises his other hand and says, "and**

__five more__**makes**

**!"**

__eleven__