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Destiny
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 9:49 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Would this be an African sparrow or an African-American sparrow?
Etienne
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 6:50 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

How much spam can an African sparrow carry?
2loucheltrec
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 6:44 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam
Etienne
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 6:42 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

How heavy is a hundredweight?
How big is a hogshead?
How much spam can you fit in a firkin?
Destiny
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 6:35 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

In honor of Monty Python... What does a pound of Spam weigh?
Etienne
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 6:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Begins to sound like a Monty Python routine, doesn't it?

Of course, that's half the fun.
Mr_Rabid
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 6:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

To what strange afterlife do these poor departed measurements retire?

Is the Tower Pound even now arguing angel-to-pinhead ratios with the Groonk (a measure of Mammoth Tusk weight that has also sadly passed)?

Or do you suppose it went underground, joined a gang of outlaw measurments? Do they go round vandalising metric signs?
Robertsmith
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 6:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Is the cup of feces Hills or Sebor?
Destiny
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 6:09 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Nope, they weight the same. Like I said, the word "pound" in the question is considered consistent in absense of a modifier; otherwise, language breaks down and the question becomes relative. I wish I could pull out the documentation on this - it was from a book a professor had regarding accepted grammer and syntax for exam questions. I sure don't have the book on my shelf, but I do remember it.

Oh well, who cares anyway, huh?

What weighs more, a cup of feces or a cup of hot-fudge?
Etienne
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 5:49 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

So then...

One pound of feathers is heavier than one pound of four hundred year old ENGLISH gold coins.
_Blackjack
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 5:28 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Yep, both English. The Tower Pound, specifically, was used by the British Mint on Tower Hill. The Tower Pound was abolished in the 1500's, tho, come to think of it...
Etienne
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 5:14 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks, Blackjack. I was in the process of ransacking my library, looking for just that. You beat me to it.

That "tower pound" is a new one to me. Is it an English system?

From the sound, I'd bet that the tower and the wool pound were both old English measures.
_Blackjack
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 4:54 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The Troy pound is no longer used for weighing gold (outlawed in 1978), but he troy oz is (confusing, ain't it?). Therefor a POUND of gold would still weigh 16 avoirdupois oz, or 7000 grains, but 16 OUNCES of gold would still be measured in Troy, and thus be 7680 grains, or ~17.554 avoirdupois oz.

UNLESS they were gold COINS, in which case they would be weighed in Tower Pounds, and a pound of gold coins would be 5400 grains, or ~12.343 avoirdupois oz.

There is also a WOOL Pound, which might well be used for weighing feathers, for the sake of argument, and it is 6992 grains, or ~15.98 avoirdupois oz.

BUT, assuming feathers are weighed using the avoirdupois pound:

1 pound of feathers is the same weight as 1 pound of gold.
1 pound of feathers is lighter than 16oz of gold.
1 pound of feathers is heaver than 1 pound of gold COINS.

So, yes, I think I'm smart.
Etienne
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 4:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The "pound" is not consistent... gold and feathers are weighed by two different systems.
Mr_Rabid
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 4:07 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I love word problems.

OK- I have a guy in Hong Kong who owes me a favor explain exchange rates by breaking my debtor's knees with a basics of accounting textbook.

Do I get my money?
Destiny
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 3:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

In comparison statements/questions, values (in this case, a "pound") are considered consistent unless otherwise specified.

Therefore, the correct question to sicboy's answer would be "Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a troy pound of gold"?

Siccy, you call a debtor and claim that they owe 4,000 dollars. They say they will send 4,000 dollars and you agree to report paid in full. They send you 4,000 dollars - Hong Kong dollars, worth about 500 USD.
Sicboy13
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 2:49 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

NOPE!
Rimbaud
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 2:48 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

a pound is a pound is a pound....
Sicboy13
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 2:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

ok, but do you know the answer?
Rimbaud
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 2:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Don't you mean "you're" smarty-pants?
Etienne
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 6:33 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The gold weighs more, a troy pound is heavier than an avoirdupois (sp) pound.

Unless I have all that backwards....
Sicboy13
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 11:35 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

all right ya bastard, check your email. I will give you the answer since you are the only fucker who posted tonight........Is there anybody out there...?
Crowlyman
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 11:22 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

well if the feathers are in US pounds of weight and the gold in is UK currency, I would guess the feathers weigh more. I fucking hate these questions. Im never good at them. However since i replied i am obliged to learn the answer. dammit.
Sicboy13
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 11:10 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

This is'nt a trick, the answer is'nt what you would think, think a little harder. They are different weights, that is the only hint I can give.
Crowlyman
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I know some people that would be quite stumped by that...
Crowlyman
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Neither: The pounding of my cock!!
Sicboy13
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:54 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Q. Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?

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