Can You Solve the Pirate Riddle?

Five pirates found a treasure chest of gold! How do they divvy it up? It's up to the captain, but he has to have cooperation from the other pirates. Once you find out the circumstances here, you'll decide that no, you can't solve the pirate riddle. These pirates are too smart.

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But if you decide you want to solve this on your own before the answer is explained to you, good luck and we'll see you much later. This is a TED-Ed lesson from Alex Gendler. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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And somewhat wrong!

There are three better answers that allow the captain to live and keep more of the gold. All are more pirate-y, but arrive at the same kind of logical conclusion as the answer on the video. Remember that he wins when it's a tie vote.

Now go be a ruthless pirate and figure out the real solutions. I went with 99 coins for the captain, because I'm such a softie.
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