Story 1  A generous little monkey had some peaches.peaches

On the first day he gave half his peaches away and ate one.

On the second day he gave away half of the rest and ate one.

On the third day he gave away half of the rest and ate one.

On the fourth day he found there was only one left.

How many did he have at the beginning?

Story 2 A generous little monkey who liked mathematics had 60 peaches.

On the first day he decided to keep \(\frac{3}{4}\) of his peaches.
He gave the rest away then he ate one.

On the second day he decided to keep \(\frac{7}{11}\) of his peaches.
He gave the rest away then he ate one.

On the third day he decided to keep \(\frac{5}{9}\) of his peaches.
He gave the rest away then he ate one.

On the fourth day he decided to keep \(\frac{2}{7}\) of his peaches.
He gave the rest away then he ate one.

On the fourth day he decided to keep \(\frac{2}{3}\) of his peaches.
He gave the rest away then he ate one.

How many did he have left at the end?

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