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7th Jan '17 6:10:00 PM nombretomado
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** This was demonstrated in that exact fashion on an episode of the Canadian documentary series ''Ed's Up,'' which stars BarenakedLadies' Ed Robertson. While he was working at a facility which produces gold bricks, the employees told him if he could pick up the gold brick (the size of an ordinary brick) and carry it out without assistance, it was his to keep. The best he could was turn it on its side, after a great deal of effort. There was a slight lip on the brick after it had been stamped on the top, which he thought might help, but it was of no avail.

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** This was demonstrated in that exact fashion on an episode of the Canadian documentary series ''Ed's Up,'' which stars BarenakedLadies' Music/BarenakedLadies' Ed Robertson. While he was working at a facility which produces gold bricks, the employees told him if he could pick up the gold brick (the size of an ordinary brick) and carry it out without assistance, it was his to keep. The best he could was turn it on its side, after a great deal of effort. There was a slight lip on the brick after it had been stamped on the top, which he thought might help, but it was of no avail.
25th Dec '16 10:19:31 PM ultimomant
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* A DVD commentary on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' pointed out this trope to highlight actors John Schnieder's acting abilities. In a scene where Jonathan Kent and [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] are moving bales of hay, Jonathan is visibly having a hard time carrying the prop hay. The production staff had forgotten real hay bales do weigh a lot and Schnieder, who had had some farm experience, decided to portray this right. The actor playing Clark Kent had no such experience, but given [[SuperStrength who he is]], it actually helped to make the two characters believable.
* Appeared in an episode of ''AmericanJustice'', discussing the case of a woman who had killed and dismembered and beheaded a man, the video of her statement has her comment on picking up the head and being surprised at how much it weighed. A detective who'd worked the case commented that's one of the reasons they were confident the confession was valid: unless you'd actually picked up a detached head, it's not the sort of thing someone would think about.

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* A DVD commentary on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' pointed out this trope to highlight actors John Schnieder's acting abilities. In a scene where Jonathan Kent and [[{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] are moving bales of hay, Jonathan is visibly having a hard time carrying the prop hay. The production staff had forgotten real hay bales do weigh a lot and Schnieder, who had had some farm experience, decided to portray this right. The actor playing Clark Kent had no such experience, but given [[SuperStrength who he is]], it actually helped to make the two characters believable.
* Appeared in an episode of ''AmericanJustice'', ''Series/AmericanJustice'', discussing the case of a woman who had killed and dismembered and beheaded a man, the video of her statement has her comment on picking up the head and being surprised at how much it weighed. A detective who'd worked the case commented that's one of the reasons they were confident the confession was valid: unless you'd actually picked up a detached head, it's not the sort of thing someone would think about.



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" plays this straight when some gangsters steal a truck full of gold and hide out in a cave where they hibernate for many years. When they wake up, they crash the truck trying to get back to town, and hike back to town instead, carrying backpacks full of dozens of gold ingots each. Later on, one man drops his canteen and the other offers him a drink for a bar of gold - he eventually ends up with both their shares of gold on his back, but doesn't even slow down.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" plays this straight when some gangsters steal a truck full of gold and hide out in a cave where they hibernate for many years. When they wake up, they crash the truck trying to get back to town, and hike back to town instead, carrying backpacks full of dozens of gold ingots each. Later on, one man drops his canteen and the other offers him a drink for a bar of gold - he eventually ends up with both their shares of gold on his back, but doesn't even slow down.



* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' that debuted Scarface has a scene where his men are stealing a load of platinum. They unload the ingots one at a time and it's shown that of the three, only Rhino, who's twice the size of Batman, can lift an ingot with no problem. Batman is captured in the ensuing fight when Rhino tips what should be several tons of the stuff over. Surprisingly, Batman is only knocked out for a few hours with no noticeable injuries.

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* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' that debuted Scarface ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** "Read My Lips"
has a scene where Scarface and his men are stealing a load of platinum. They unload the ingots one at a time and it's shown that of the three, only Rhino, who's twice the size of Batman, can lift an ingot with no problem. Batman is captured in the ensuing fight when Rhino tips what should be several tons of the stuff over. Surprisingly, Batman is only knocked out for a few hours with no noticeable injuries.injuries.
** In "Deep Freeze", Mr. Freeze zaps Grant Walker with his FreezeRay and traps him in ice. Walker falls into the ocean and sinks like a stone, even though ice floats.
12th Dec '16 3:20:21 PM LordInsane
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', when the shop had been bought out of its money, a nondescript letter of credit was issued. You could never be over-encumbered with too many 0.25lb pieces of paper placed directly into your inventory by shop-keeps. On the other hand, you could never pick up anything else until you returned under normal inventory weight limits.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', when the shop had been bought out of its money, a nondescript letter of credit was issued. You could never be over-encumbered with too many 0.25lb 25 kg pieces of paper placed directly into your inventory by shop-keeps. On the other hand, you could never pick up anything else until you returned under normal inventory weight limits. For your own needs (coins had weight), the banking system allowed you to take out such letters of credit for an administrative charge -- losing 1000 gold may feel harsh, but may well be worth having a piece of paper worth 100000 gold and weighing 0.25 kg rather than the equivalent in actual gold pieces (weighing 250 kg) -- although a few services, such as taverns, only accepted actual coin.
25th Nov '16 8:57:48 PM nombretomado
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* In the animated film of ''WestenAnimation/TheWaterBabies'', the heroes bombard an evil shark's castle by dropping giant snowballs and icicles from the iceberg floating above it. Granted, this ''is'' in a film where sea creatures speak, swordfish wear feathered hats, and ABoyAndHisDog breathe water. But still, ice floats because it is less dense than liquid water.

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* In the animated film of ''WestenAnimation/TheWaterBabies'', the heroes bombard an evil shark's castle by dropping giant snowballs and icicles from the iceberg floating above it. Granted, this ''is'' in a film where sea creatures speak, swordfish wear feathered hats, and ABoyAndHisDog ABoyAndHisX breathe water. But still, ice floats because it is less dense than liquid water.
2nd Nov '16 4:03:36 PM nombretomado
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* In the first ''HisDarkMaterials'' book, Lyra escapes her captors by shaking out a bag of flour, running out of the room, and then waiting for the flour to explode. First, a large bag of flour would be too heavy for someone Lyra's size handle in that manner. Second, individual grains of flour are too heavy to drift in the air for that long a time.

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* In the first ''HisDarkMaterials'' ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' book, Lyra escapes her captors by shaking out a bag of flour, running out of the room, and then waiting for the flour to explode. First, a large bag of flour would be too heavy for someone Lyra's size handle in that manner. Second, individual grains of flour are too heavy to drift in the air for that long a time.
21st Oct '16 3:55:23 PM ZombieAladdin
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** In that same arc, however, Luffy got his hand stuck in a large ball of gold, its heaviness serving to anchor him where he is.
13th Sep '16 8:07:52 PM Bissek
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* In the series finale of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Reese clubs an opponent unconscious with a gold brick. Gold bricks such as those found in a major gold repository weigh about 25 pounds, give or take, so hitting somebody with one would stand a good chance of knocking them out. However, the same factor means that most people would not be able to grip, lift and swing said brick one-handed.

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* In the series finale of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Reese clubs an opponent unconscious with a gold brick. Gold bricks such as those found in a major gold repository weigh about 25 pounds, give or take, so hitting somebody with one would stand a good chance of knocking them out. However, the same factor means that most people would not be able to grip, lift and swing said brick one-handed. At least not while reaching behind ones-self while bent over backwards.
* One episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had the villain acquiring $108,000 in one dollar bills, treating them with a contact poison, and then distributing them (Some dropped, some left in charity donation containers, some spent...) all over town as an act of terrorism. The money is shown to be coming out of a duffel bag, which would be accurate for the volume needed, but at no point does it look like the bag weighs about as much as the person carrying it (108,000 bills would weigh roughly 200 pounds).
1st Sep '16 3:44:23 PM Bissek
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* Averted in ''Literature/TheShadowCampaigns'' novels with the collection of magical lore known as The Thousand Names. The names are engraved on a set of twelve steel plates which are eight feet high and approximately six feet wide (An explicit width is not given, but Raesinia notes that her arms aren't long enough to allow her to touch both sides at the same time). If the plates are an inch thick, they'd weigh about one ton each. Every time the question of moving them is brought up, the fact that their weight makes this a non-trivial exercise is brought up as well.

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* Averted in ''Literature/TheShadowCampaigns'' novels with the collection of magical lore known as The Thousand Names. The names are engraved on a set of twelve steel plates which are eight feet high and approximately six feet wide (An explicit width is not given, but Raesinia notes that her arms aren't long enough to allow her to touch both sides at the same time). If the plates are an inch thick, they'd weigh about one ton each. Every time the question of moving them is brought up, the fact that their weight makes this a non-trivial exercise is brought up as well. In the fourth book it's even mentioned that the reason why the Names were engraved on enormous steel plates in the first place was to make them harder to steal.
21st Aug '16 6:05:55 AM Bissek
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* Averted in ''Literature/TheShadowCampaigns'' novels with the collection of magical lore known as The Thousand Names. The names are engraved on a set of twelve steel plates which are eight feet high and approximately six feet wide (An explicit width is not given, but Raesinia notes that her arms aren't long enough to allow her to touch both sides at the same time). If the plates are an inch thick, they'd weigh about one ton each. Every time the question of moving them is brought up, the fact that their weight makes this a non-trivial exercise is brought up as well.
28th Jul '16 5:13:41 PM Vilui
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* ''Film/TheLongShips'': A blatant example shows up in this 60's Viking movie. In it, the MacGuffin is a solid gold bell large enough to be mistaken for the roof of a small chapel. It is easily towed behind the Vikings' boat. No raft, no pontoons, just a solid gold bell floating effortlessly behind an oar-driven ship. Calculating the displacement, however, it might actually be possible if the bell had the right measurements and thickness.

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* ''Film/TheLongShips'': A blatant example shows up in this 60's 60s Viking movie. In it, the MacGuffin is a solid gold bell large enough to be mistaken for the roof of a small chapel. It is easily towed behind the Vikings' boat. No raft, no pontoons, just a solid gold bell floating effortlessly behind an oar-driven ship. Calculating the displacement, however, it might actually be possible if the bell had the right measurements and thickness.
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