Three men go fishing on a camping trip. They collect all the fish they caught and put them in a cooler. They agree that when they leave they will divide up the fish equally. In the middle of the night the first man gets sick and decides to leave. He opens up the cooler and counts the fish. He throws one fish away and then takes his third of the fish. Later that night the second man has a family emergency and decides to leave. He opens up the cooler and counts the fish. He throws one fish away and then takes his third of the fish. The third man gets up very early the next morning and decides to leave. He opens up the cooler and counts the fish. He throws one fish away and then takes his third of the fish. None of the men know that the other men had taken any fish. 

What is the smallest number of fish that would make this possible?

 

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