# Which weighs the most, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold? The solution is not that they both weigh the same!

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Assuming the 'pound' of feathers is a measure of weight (lb) and the pound of gold is a measure of value (£ / British pounds).

1.00 British Pound = 0.00107251 Gold Ounce

1 pound (lb) = 16 ounces. So the pound (lb) of feathers weighs more.

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Troy ounce (used for precious metals) v. avoirdupois (english) weights for anything else.

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@2030820

Not so
We do not measure
precious metals in avoirdupois
pounds. We measure
them in Troy pounds
two different scales

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@2030860

Whatever
nothing is reliable
including my own eyes

The joke here is based on the well known deceptive practice of selling a pound of gold using the Troy scale

I and Wikipedia did not make this up
it has been going on since the middle ages

@2030838

12 ounces in a Troy pound and the ounces are not the same mass as our ounces

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@2030889

You're serious?
You honestly think a pawn shop doesn't understand that gold is weighed on a Troy scale?
Seriously?

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