WEEKEND PUZZLE ANSWER
Here we go. There was one winner, the unstoppable Val of the Blogspot Tigers. She wins a solid cellophane coconut. Good going Val.
A man is walking down the street and comes upon a store that sells coconuts. He goes in and buys half the coconuts in the store plus half a coconut. When he gets home his wife shakes her head and wonders what she's going to do with all those coconuts.
He gets an idea and goes out and buys a bottle of rum. But on the way he passes the same store with the coconuts, goes in and buys half the coconuts in the store plus half a coconut. When he gets home his wife has opened one of the coconuts and is ready to make a nice cocktail with the juice.
The man is so delighted that he goes out again and buys half the coconuts in the store plus half a coconut. Upon returning home he finds his wife has made them some delicious rum and coconut cocktails.
He drinks one which inspires him to go to the store again and buy half the coconuts in the store plus half a coconut. When he leaves the store that time there are no coconuts left. No one else bought any coconuts. They're all kiwi or papaya freaks or something. Who knows.
Back home he and his wife have a very pleasant evening drinking their rum and coconut cocktails.
"You poot thee rum in thee coconautt and than yoo dahnce cahleepso.
Questions: How many coconuts were there in the store when he went in the first time?
The answer is 15.
Half of 15 is 7 1/2 plus 1/2 makes 8 which leaves 7
Half of 7 is 3 1/2 plus 1/2 makes 4 which leaves 3.
Half of 3 is 1 1/2 plus 1/2 makes 2 which leaves 1.
Half of 1 is 1/2 plus 1/2 makes 1 which leaves 0.
He thought of going back and starting all over again with the mangos. But he was so tired from all the rum and dancing he stayed home. Another day for the mangos.