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The Problem with Geese

A man overtaking a maid driving a flock of geese, said to her, How do you do, sweetheart; where are you going with these 30 geese? No, sir, said she, I have not 30; but if I had as many more, half as many more, and 5 geese besides, I should have 30—how many had she?

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Source: Walkingame’s Arithmetic, 1859.