On February the 26th (or march the 4th, when the radio waves finally made it over the San Bernardino mountains...) the CarGuys set the following Puzler:
Three guys finish a day of fishing and decide to divide the catch equally in the morning. In the middle of the night one of the guys has to take off for a drugstore. He goes to take his third of the fish, and notices that the number that they caught is not divisible by three. He throws one of the fish overboard, takes his third and leaves. A few hours later, another guy wakes up with horrible stomach pains, he goes to take his third, and notices that he, too, can't take a third unless he throws one fish away. He throws one fish overboard, takes his third, and goes home. Finally, the third guy gets up in the morning and goes to get his third and again, can't take a third. What is the smallest number of fish by which this little scenario could have taken place?
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