Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Memory #472

I am in fourth grade, in a "gifted and talented (GT for short)" class. During a critical thinking exercise, the teacher asks us the question, "Which weighs more - a pound of gold or a pound of feathers?" Immediately, I respond with the gold. I'm not the only one who says this, but the teacher then asks us to really think about it, "Are you sure?"

Then it hits me - duh. A pound is a pound. They weigh the same, and I am really embarrassed.


Timmy said...

I would rather have a pound of muscle than a pound of fat.

RILAH said...

dude, we seriously had the exact same question in my G & T class in second grade, which woulda still been like, what 5 years before yours? and in ANOTHER COUNTRY? talk about spanning time.

SFChick74 said...

I would rather have the pound of gold.

Stacey said...

Okay, I'm with rilah here. I have THE EXACT SAME MEMORY from my own Gifted class, I even gave the same answer. That question must be very important in the Gifted Teacher Handbook.

Anonymous said...

Wow, every GT student gets asked that apparently. My daughter thought she was being so smart when she asked her dad and his answer was feathers. When she thought she had trapped him he sprung up on her one pound of feathers is more than one pound of gold because the pound unit is different.

Gold is weighed by a special system called the troy system. One troy pound = 12 troy ounces.

He was always such a smartass.