About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Two Man Profit Quiz

Our contributor who has recently been specializing in quizzes sent me another puzzler that has been going around the internet, as follows:

Two men each put $20 on the table.  The first man gives the second man $30 & picks up the $40 on the table.  Did each man make a $10 profit?


  1. NO.
    Second man (B) makes $10 profit while first (A) looses $10.
    First man (A) put $20 on the table and gave $30 to the second man (B) which equals $50. Man A picks up the $40, so $40-$50=-10 He lost $10.
    Man B received $30 so his profit is $30-$20 = $10.

  2. No the first man paid 50 to get 40. The second man paid 20 and got 30

  3. The 1st guy lost 10$ and the second guy gained 10. The first man loses 10$

  4. Man 1 and Man 2 each put $20 on the table - total $40 on the table.

    Man 1 gives $30 in order to take the $40 already on the table. At this point Man 1 has contributed $50 on the table but now has $40, a $10 loss to Man 1. There is $30 left on the table.

    Man 2 has the $30 on the table which is a $10 profit.


  5. Can not wrap my head around this one, it does seem like each makes $10. I laid the cash on the desk, it still comes out, each makes $10. I pulled the cash out, laid it on the top and yes according to that they each made $10, I know there is a catch some place.

    1. I read the other answers. ​​I see and understand,
      So man buying the $40 for $30 loses $10 because $20 of the $40 was put in by him.
      Is so weird even using cash, but makes one think, so it is just a thought bending exercise, not to really make any profit except for the person that only contributes $20.
      Thanks Doug

  6. First man lost $10, Second man make $10

  7. I entitled the post Two Man Profit Quiz to make the best common sense point I could that two people sitting @ a table could not both make money just by pushing a fixed sum of money around. If that was true you & I could sit @ a table all day long & each make $10 time after time. There was no one creating value which is required for an economy to prosper.

  8. It seems like the1st man lost $ 10 & 2nd gained $ 10.