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(Slate)   "What's heavier, a pound of feathers or a pound of lead?" I dunno--and neither do you, smartass   (slate.com) divider line 82
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2014-08-05 03:13:25 PM
There is a "Subby's Mom" joke in here somewhere...
 
2014-08-05 03:15:02 PM
Meh kinda neat.

The Bloop thing that came on after the feather/lead thing was better.
 
2014-08-05 03:16:17 PM
Well... I'm not sure now

/but I am pretty sure I'd prefer to have a pound of feathers shot at me than a pound of lead
 
2014-08-05 03:43:54 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well... I'm not sure now

/but I am pretty sure I'd prefer to have a pound of feathers shot at me than a pound of lead


Anything is better than a pound of rape.
 
2014-08-05 03:45:46 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well... I'm not sure now

/but I am pretty sure I'd prefer to have a pound of feathers shot at me than a pound of lead

Anything is better than a pound of rape.


Can't argue with that
 
2014-08-05 03:56:17 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well... I'm not sure now

/but I am pretty sure I'd prefer to have a pound of feathers shot at me than a pound of lead

Anything is better than a pound of rape.

Can't argue with that


Yeah, wait 'til somebody opens a 40-pound box of that shiat.
 
2014-08-05 04:02:15 PM
Perception and empirical measurement is not the same thing, dumbassmitter.
 
2014-08-05 04:11:34 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well... I'm not sure now

/but I am pretty sure I'd prefer to have a pound of feathers shot at me than a pound of lead


i212.photobucket.com

I'd go with feathers before makeup before lead.
 
2014-08-05 04:40:14 PM
5 tons of flax!
 
2014-08-05 04:48:22 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-05 04:49:34 PM
despite that longwinded explanation, the answer is, as always, they weigh the same. while the box of lead may be perceived as heavier due to its being harder to lift, its actual weight is identical to that of the box of feathers.
 
2014-08-05 05:22:39 PM
But where will they bury the survivors?
 
2014-08-05 05:29:30 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well... I'm not sure now

/but I am pretty sure I'd prefer to have a pound of feathers shot at me than a pound of lead


Surely that depends on how the pound is presented?

I mean, having a pound of lead dust shot at you might not be the greatest thing for your health.

But, compress that pound of feathers into shells, and I'm not sure it would be much better for you than a pound of lead dust.
 
2014-08-05 06:07:28 PM
Well, the pound of lead is denser....

/much like the author of TFA
 
2014-08-05 06:17:56 PM

fusillade762: But where will they bury the survivors?


If a man and half can dig a hole and a half in a day and a half how long would it take three men to dig half a hole?
 
2014-08-05 06:21:04 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well... I'm not sure now

/but I am pretty sure I'd prefer to have a pound of feathers shot at me than a pound of lead

Anything is better than a pound of rape.


This won't hurt that much

www.vvrsaustralia.com.au
 
2014-08-05 06:23:54 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well... I'm not sure now

/but I am pretty sure I'd prefer to have a pound of feathers shot at me than a pound of lead

Anything is better than a pound of rape.

Can't argue with that

Yeah, wait 'til somebody opens a 40-pound box of that shiat.


I'd rather have a Kate Upton's exact weight of rape opened up
 
2014-08-05 06:24:36 PM
The moments of inertia were all screwed up by the lead block being away from the center. Also, is the mass of a pound of feathers a pound-mass? I'm just thinking that when you box up a pound of feathers you're boxing up the air as well. Just a thought.

I fill 16"x12"x12" boxes with books to about 45 pounds every week. I go to the gym and the big plates are 45 pounds. You could believe a box that big and a weight that heavy were about the same, but you wouldn't want to reach out with the box. Awkward.
 
2014-08-05 06:28:20 PM
in my quest for empiricism, I went ahead and weighed both.
 
2014-08-05 06:29:30 PM
All this, to explain moment of inertia.

...And still get the answer wrong.
 
2014-08-05 06:33:40 PM
In 4th grade, the whole class thought that a pound of feathers would be lighter and made fun of me for insisting that a pound of lead weighed the same.

No, I'm not bitter.
 
2014-08-05 06:36:24 PM
For extra credit, which one falls faster in a vacuum?
 
2014-08-05 06:37:23 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well... I'm not sure now

/but I am pretty sure I'd prefer to have a pound of feathers shot at me than a pound of lead

Anything is better than a pound of rape.

Can't argue with that

Yeah, wait 'til somebody opens a 40-pound box of that shiat.


img2u.info

Dammit! Why'd you go and do that?
 
2014-08-05 06:47:59 PM
Wait they are saying that since you think it weighs more then the lead answer could be right even though it weighs exactly the same?

huh?  Sounds dumb
 
2014-08-05 06:48:39 PM
WTF weight isn't determined by how it "feels"

I just lost an IQ point
 
2014-08-05 06:49:42 PM

kertus: WTF weight isn't determined by how it "feels"

I just lost an IQ point


This.  Apparently the author is something of a moron.
 
2014-08-05 06:51:33 PM
I'd rather lift 100 lbs worth of suitcase than 100 lbs worth of refrigerator. I perceive the suitcase to be lighter because it's not terrible and awkward to lift. I won't even move a fridge for beer and that's saying something since my carpentry hobby is basically a beer guided event.
 
2014-08-05 06:53:55 PM

Calmamity: 5 tons of flax!


Gold & Appeal will be by shortly to pick that up.

Tell Hagbard about the Siamese Fighting fnord Fish.
 
2014-08-05 06:54:38 PM
If the question was "What has more mass, a pound of feathers or lead", the answer would be feathers.

A pound of feathers would have more volume and would be more buoyed up by the atmosphere than lead. Only in the limiting case where atmosphere goes to 0 would they mass the same.
 
2014-08-05 06:56:20 PM

untaken_name: For extra credit, which one falls faster in a vacuum?


www.moviecritic.com.au

Couldn't find one of him dropping the shuttlecock, sorry.
 
2014-08-05 07:02:15 PM
an ounce of gold is heavier than an ounce of feathers

but a pound of gold is lighter than a pound of feathers

study it out
 
2014-08-05 07:03:24 PM

HairBolus: If the question was "What has more mass, a pound of feathers or lead", the answer would be feathers.

A pound of feathers would have more volume and would be more buoyed up by the atmosphere than lead. Only in the limiting case where atmosphere goes to 0 would they mass the same.


Mass is mass, irrelavent of anything else.
 
2014-08-05 07:07:35 PM
Pound of feathers, because it would have more surface area, and like measuring a coastline counting the miniscule connections with 'weightless' air adds weight.

Although you could technically get the same effect by having a pound of granulated lead, but its surface is still too concentric for counting whatever is touching.
 
2014-08-05 07:08:10 PM

PreMortem: Mass is mass, irrelavent of anything else.


Well, since distance from the object to the center of the earth affects weight of an object no matter what its mass is, hypothetically speaking equal masses of lead and feathers could have different weights due to them occupying different volumes of space. It'd be a tiny, tiny, difference, but there you are.
 
2014-08-05 07:10:08 PM

kertus: WTF weight isn't determined by how it "feels"

I just lost an IQ point


You have to factor the wind chill.
 
2014-08-05 07:11:11 PM

HairBolus: If the question was "What has more mass, a pound of feathers or lead", the answer would be feathers.

A pound of feathers would have more volume and would be more buoyed up by the atmosphere than lead. Only in the limiting case where atmosphere goes to 0 would they mass the same.



??? I weep for the state of education today. A POUND of 'x' has the same Mass as a pound of 'Y' if measured at the same distance from the common point of gravity.
 
2014-08-05 07:12:05 PM

fusillade762: kertus: WTF weight isn't determined by how it "feels"

I just lost an IQ point

You have to factor the wind chill.


And the UV index.
 
2014-08-05 07:13:30 PM

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: fusillade762: kertus: WTF weight isn't determined by how it "feels"

I just lost an IQ point

You have to factor the wind chill.

And the UV index.


Don't forget the humidex
 
2014-08-05 07:14:41 PM

quatchi: fusillade762: But where will they bury the survivors?

If a man and half can dig a hole and a half in a day and a half how long would it take three men to dig half a hole?


4 hours?
 
2014-08-05 07:17:52 PM

quatchi: fusillade762: But where will they bury the survivors?

If a man and half can dig a hole and a half in a day and a half how long would it take three men to dig half a hole?


You can't dig half a hole. No matter what size hole you dig, it's the whole hole.
 
2014-08-05 07:18:42 PM
But a pound of gold weighs more that a pound of feathers.

/Troy vs Avoirdupois.
 
2014-08-05 07:19:03 PM

wiredroach: PreMortem: Mass is mass, irrelavent of anything else.

Well, since distance from the object to the center of the earth affects weight of an object no matter what its mass is, hypothetically speaking equal masses of lead and feathers could have different weights due to them occupying different volumes of space. It'd be a tiny, tiny, difference, but there you are.


I have neither the time nor the inclination to argue that.
 
2014-08-05 07:19:04 PM
FlashHarry:
img.fark.net

img.fark.net

A pound of head.
 
2014-08-05 07:20:34 PM

untaken_name: quatchi: fusillade762: But where will they bury the survivors?

If a man and half can dig a hole and a half in a day and a half how long would it take three men to dig half a hole?

You can't dig half a hole. No matter what size hole you dig, it's the whole hole.


Nonsense. I'm counting on non-discrete values of holes existing to solve this brainfarker.
 
2014-08-05 07:21:42 PM

NateAsbestos: untaken_name: quatchi: fusillade762: But where will they bury the survivors?

If a man and half can dig a hole and a half in a day and a half how long would it take three men to dig half a hole?

You can't dig half a hole. No matter what size hole you dig, it's the whole hole.

Nonsense. I'm counting on non-discrete values of holes existing to solve this brainfarker.


Okay, start with a spherical hole in a vacuum...
 
2014-08-05 07:23:44 PM

kertus: HairBolus: If the question was "What has more mass, a pound of feathers or lead", the answer would be feathers.

A pound of feathers would have more volume and would be more buoyed up by the atmosphere than lead. Only in the limiting case where atmosphere goes to 0 would they mass the same.


??? I weep for the state of education today. A POUND of 'x' has the same Mass as a pound of 'Y' if measured at the same distance from the common point of gravity.


Exactly. Most people forget that a pound is a unit of force, not mass. Using English units it would be:

What has more mass, a slug of feathers or a slug of lead?

And Metric would be:

What has more mass, a kilogram of feathers or a kilogram of lead?

or

What weighs more, a newton of feathers or a newton of lead?
 
2014-08-05 07:23:49 PM
Weight =/= Mass

Weight is the force required to offset the gravitational potential between two masses.

You might be effectively weightless in space, but you're still massive, fatty.
 
2014-08-05 07:24:14 PM

quatchi: fusillade762: But where will they bury the survivors?

If a man and half can dig a hole and a half in a day and a half how long would it take three men to dig half a hole?


What one and a half men might look like:
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2014-08-05 07:30:51 PM

NateAsbestos: quatchi: fusillade762: But where will they bury the survivors?

If a man and half can dig a hole and a half in a day and a half how long would it take three men to dig half a hole?

4 hours?


*NEEEEEEEEP*

Wrong answer, thanks for playing. Don't worry you still get the Rice-a-Roni and some nice parting gifts.

untaken_name: You can't dig half a hole. No matter what size hole you dig, it's the whole hole.


Correct.

You get to pick between Door number 2 and the Box Carol Merrill is sitting on, ...er holding.
 
2014-08-05 07:37:47 PM

sprawl15: an ounce of gold is heavier than an ounce of feathers

but a pound of gold is lighter than a pound of feathers

study it out


Excellent, I don't have to post this.
 
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