Smart land division puzzle!!


An old man is dying and doesn’t have enough time. The problem bugging him is the division of his land. For all these years, he has always treated his sons equally and wants to divide his land into equal parts and give them to his sons before he dies.

There is a big problem – The land is irregular in shape and thus it cannot be divided into two equal halves without going through detailed measurements. The man does not have enough time now.

How can the land be divided such that each son is happy with his share without going into all sorts of calculations?

SherlockHolmes Expert Asked on 2nd January 2020 in Brain Teaser.
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    In order to divide it in an approximate way at least, the man could give each of his sons equal volumes of paint of different colors, then ask the sons to start painting the land without overlapping any two colors till they run out of paint. Of course the amount of paint to be given has to be approximated. This can be done by painting a small area of land elsewhere then using simple calculations to find the volume that will be required for the area of the original land, then divide the volume between the sons in equal amounts. In the end, the area each son painted could be designated to him.

    Turmoil Guru Answered on 7th January 2020.
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    Have one son divide it and the other choose which half he wants.

    jimbo1 Curious Answered on 20th February 2020.
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