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Which weighs more?

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Puzzle ID:#195
Fun:** (2.07)
Difficulty:* (0.71)
Submitted By:Mr. GAus*****




Which weighs more, a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?


Neither. They weigh the same... a ton!

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Oct 07, 2001

they both weight the same, a ton
Dec 19, 2001

aren't feathers measured differently.
Apr 09, 2002

yeah bigpoppa is right feathers are measure in 12 oz pounds i think
Apr 14, 2002

of course they weigh both the same. a "ton" is the same weight no matter what material you use
May 18, 2002

Aren't these supposed to be challenging?
May 26, 2002

its not a challenge coz its under easy doh
May 30, 2002

There are two different ways of measuring weight. Most things are weighed in avoirdupois weight, which has 16 ounces in a pound. However, some other things are measured in troy weight, which has 12 ounces in a pound. Also, while an advoirdupois pound weighs more than a troy pound, a troy OUNCE weighs more than an advoirdupois ounce. A troy ounce is equal to the weight of 480 grains of wheat, while an advoirdupois ounce is equal to the weight of 437.5 grains of wheat. I don't know if feathers and bricks are weighed differently though.
Jun 03, 2002

piffle, if you know the difference between a troy and avoirupois ounce, then you should surely know that the troy system of units is used exclusively for measuring precious metals. In this case, you'd either be using the avoirdupois system or SI units (aka, metric system). FYI, 2000lbs = short ton; 1000kg = 2204.6lbs = long ton. In the US, we normally refer to the short ton when we say "one ton".
Jun 19, 2002

Jul 03, 2002

hey that was easy thank god 4 that!
Jul 14, 2002

Ah, thank you Bluetwo for clearing that up for me. The only reference I had for that when I wrote it was a little children's encyclopedia type thing, so I wasn't really sure about all of what I wrote. Thank you.
Jul 22, 2002

it would take a lot of feathers to make it weigh a ton
Sep 01, 2002

actually, hurrifend....jesus did NOT tell this one at the last supper.
Nov 17, 2002

geez sorry for asking if feathers are weighed differently than bricks. guess i won't ask questions anymore, but i didn't think i was criticizing.
Jan 24, 2003

i thihk that it does actually date back to around 20 BC. tribal members used to entertain each other with it.
May 25, 2005

neat, but old
Jun 11, 2005

Oldie but goodie...
Jul 12, 2005

That's a lot of feathers!
Nov 09, 2005

someone asked me the same question. Nice
Nov 20, 2005

this one i heard before
i was stupid and i said bricks
Dec 21, 2005

Sorry, but that's really easy
Jan 29, 2006

yah, too easy but i liked it
Feb 19, 2006

I have heard that way too many times before.
Feb 22, 2006

A funny classic but I've heard this one a thousand times
Feb 22, 2006

i think that a horse weighs less than a platypus because platypusses are so beastly.
Mar 12, 2006

could have ben a metric tonne of an imperial ton if you said it
Mar 15, 2006

that was way to ez now cmon that waz horible it's suposed to be chalnging that was defently not a ez!
Mar 15, 2006

omg so old and bad think think think what players will say be4 u make the teaser or it mite efect what players say about it!
Mar 19, 2006

I love it!
Apr 13, 2006

that was funny!! I loved it!! Great 1!! keep em' coming!!
May 03, 2006

How Old Is This?
May 07, 2006

Sure its old, but i still love it!
what's this have to do with science?
May 21, 2006

ok, i just wanna say that it doesn't matter what kind of ton you're using, n it doesn't matter if feathers n bricks are measured differently. a normal human being doesn't think about a brain teaser THAT much; IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S JUST A BRAIN TEASER!!!!!!!!! IT'S WHAT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT FOR FUN!!!!!! and if what you do for fun is ANALYZE brain teasers, than you need to GET A LIFE!!!!!!!! seriously-WHO CARES if feathers are measured differently than bricks? WHO CARES about how many different kinds f tons there are? now, for whoever the hell piffle and bluetwo are, IT'S JUST A FRICKEN BRAIN TEASER!!!!!!!!! IT'S MEANT FOR FUN!!!!!!!!! NOT FOR "oh, but there are TWO KINDS of tons, so this makes no SENSE" you know what? A TON IS A TON!!!!!!! i mean, who knows? MAYBE THERE ARE JUST A HELL OF A LOT MORE OF ONE THAN THE OTHER!!!!!!! my GOD!!!! *takes a deep breath* ...ok...i'm fine now...oh, and about the riddle in general-a classic! yeah, it was easy-for those who haven't heard it before. actually, i think it's easier when you can see it, cuz then you can study it, whereas just hearing it can trick you more. good on,e though! n congrats on not yelling at any of these analytical freaks like i did, on just taking their crap! i know i couldn't've done it (obviously, lol)! good job!
May 27, 2006

Easy stuff! Lets enjoy teasers instead of going too technical about them. I thought it was a straight-forward question.
May 28, 2006

Which weighs more, an imperial ton of golden kitchen scales or a metric ton of plastic and steel bathroom scales?
I'd say the bathroom scales. I've yet to see the kitchen scales that could weigh my fat behind.
(user deleted)
Jun 12, 2006

feathers are weighed on a different scale which takes more to reach a pound so wrong the feathers
Jun 25, 2006

I had a simaler problem at school.

Which ways more...
A kilo of feathers or a kilo of bricks?

They are the same weight.

Note. In Australia we use kilograms
Jun 25, 2006

Username2009 - Brain teasers are supposed to challenge your brain, get it active, not just for fun. Obviously, what gets some people's brains up and about is nitpicking century old tricks. Deal with it.

(What does this have to do with science? Not very sciency, more tricky)
Jul 13, 2006

an oldie but a goodie. lighten up, people
Aug 31, 2006

omg im so stupid....i was thinking about amount besides weight it took me like 3 mins to actually get it
Oct 02, 2006

That's OLD! It would've gone in the "Trick" section.
Oct 25, 2006

Piffle and Bluetwo (look above at really long comments. ) You confuse me.
Nov 12, 2006

Way too easy man.
Dec 26, 2006

Easy, but REALLY GOOD!
Jan 09, 2007

oldest trick in the book =/
Feb 28, 2007

I've heard this before, but I still think this teaser is great.
Mar 20, 2007

Arent these supposed to be hard?
Mar 21, 2007

a ton of feathers
May 20, 2007

OK this one wasn't fair because I'd heard it before... I think if you haven't heard it, the feathers v. the bricks will throw you off. A classic teaser!
Oct 04, 2007

this is the oldest, easiest one in the books, EVER
Oct 17, 2007

But my Physics book says (when comparing a pound of bricks and a pound of feathers) "The pound of feathers weighs more. The larger buoyant force of the air acting on the volume of a pound of feathers (as the scale weighs them in air) must be compensated by more than a pound of feathers (as weighed in a vacuum) to achieve the same scale reading of one pound."
Apr 22, 2008

This should be in te trick section.
Apr 24, 2008

The feathers because the bricks are on the moon.
Oct 14, 2008

My brain took half a second to get that.
Jul 01, 2009

it was ok still funny though
Aug 11, 2010

This should be a trick.
Dec 05, 2011

I think they should both way the same, who cares if its measured differently, a ton is a ton goddamit!
Dec 05, 2011

Bluetwo and piffle! la ferme!!!! u r ruining a perfectly good brain teaser w/ all ur sciency talk! i honnestly dnt care if there r 2 types pf tons, and i dnt wanna no bout it!!!!!!! 8 - [
Dec 05, 2011

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