A father left 17 camels, as the inheritance to his three sons. When the father passed away, his sons opened up the Will. The Will stated that the eldest should get half of the 17 camels while the middle son should get one-third of the 17 and the youngest son should get one-ninth of the 17 camels.
As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to quarrel with each other.
So, the three sons decided to go to a wise woman. The wise woman listened patiently about the Will. The wise woman, after giving some thought, brought one camel of her own and added the same to the 17 camels. That increased the total to 18 camels.
Now, she started reading the deceased father’s will.
Half of 18 = 9. So she gave the eldest son 9 camels
1/3rd of 18 = 6. So she gave the middle son 6 camels
1/9th of 18 = 2. So she gave the youngest son 2 camels.
Now add this up: 9 plus 6 plus 2 is 17, and this left one camel, which the wise woman took away.
Moral : The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find a possible solution and being open to ideas, here the 18th camel is the idea! But we need to believe first that there are solutions to every problem.