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 Post subject: Re: Use of imperial and metric measures?
PostPosted: 20 Apr 2017, 07:44 
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bythebrook wrote:
[quote="PigRescue]

One oddity of the Imperial system that l have used is to ask people "What weighs more, a pound of gold or a pound of feathers?" followed by "What weighs more, an ounce of gold or a ounce of feathers?"

Answers: A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold, because feathers are measured in avoirdupois pounds (454g) and gold in troy pounds (373g).

A troy ounce of gold (31.1g) weighs more than an avoirdupois ounce of feathers (28.3g).[/quote]


Wow - I never knew that and always assumed it was a trick question. :)


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