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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.
28th Jul '16 3:02:58 AM erforce
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*** Jonathon lifts the Diamond of Ahm Shere, probably about a cubic foot in volume. That's a big rock, and Jonathan's no muscle man, but it's not completely impossible. Just unlikely.

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*** Jonathon Jonathan lifts the Diamond of Ahm Shere, probably about a cubic foot in volume. That's a big rock, and Jonathan's no muscle man, but it's not completely impossible. Just unlikely.



* Ice sinks in ''Serues/VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea''. Ice floats because it is less dense than liquid water.

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* Ice sinks in ''Serues/VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea''.''Film/VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea''. Ice floats because it is less dense than liquid water.



* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part 2'', the trio are in a vault at Gringotts where thousands of gold items are cursed to multiply whenever someone unauthorized tries to move them. Harry swims through a growing avalanche of them when he should actually be pretty quickly crushed, or should at least break a lot of bones and be rendered immobile. However, since gold has been said to be one of the few non-transfigurable materials, the duplicated objects in the vault can't turn into real gold, just something that looks like it.

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* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part 2'', ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallowsPart2'', the trio are in a vault at Gringotts where thousands of gold items are cursed to multiply whenever someone unauthorized tries to move them. Harry swims through a growing avalanche of them when he should actually be pretty quickly crushed, or should at least break a lot of bones and be rendered immobile. However, since gold has been said to be one of the few non-transfigurable materials, the duplicated objects in the vault can't turn into real gold, just something that looks like it.
6th Jul '16 10:59:21 AM TheNicestGuy
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Spanakopita!" While Dr. Venture is ranting to his friends about how his vacation is being ruined by a rival cheating at the "Spanakopita games", he paces the room brandishing a rock the size of his torso.
-->'''Billy:''' All right, just stop waving that huge rock at me!\\
'''Pete:''' How are you even doing that?\\
'''Dr. Venture:''' It's pumice[[note]]extremely porous volcanic rock, about one quarter the density of water[[/note]]. For the pumice-carving competition.
6th Jul '16 10:48:28 AM TheNicestGuy
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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' scrupulously averts this, and also tries to account for other material properties like malleability and melting point. This has some interesting implications. Gold, for example, is realistically dense, thus the extra-valuable solid gold statue that your legendary blacksmith just made will be ''extremely'' heavy and slow to haul into place. Gold's softness is acknowledged by excluding it from the class of metals that can be used for weapons and armor. Pure silver, on the other hand, is about half the density of gold, but still one third denser than steel. It is eligible to make weapons, but being also rather soft, the game gives silver a low shear strength: relatively ineffective as a sword. (Even against [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent were-beasts]].) But for blunt weapons? With its high density, silver takes the gold.
26th Jun '16 10:23:48 AM 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.
18th Jun '16 2:33:58 PM Bissek
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* In ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'', a point is made about how heavy gold is, and the characters are staggering under the weight. But based on the volumes of their packs, they should be carrying between two and three tons of the stuff each. If the gold bars are intended to contain 10 ryo (1 ryo = 16.5g) of gold each, then the 200 bars total would weigh somewhere between 70 and 90 pounds, depending on the purity of the bars, which is a plausible amount for two grown men to be able to carry.

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* In ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'', a point is made about how heavy gold is, and the characters are staggering under the weight. But based on the volumes of their packs, they should be carrying between two and three tons of the stuff each. If if the gold bars are intended to contain 10 ryo (1 ryo = 16.5g) of gold each, then the 200 bars total would weigh somewhere between 70 and 90 pounds, depending on the purity of the bars, which is a plausible amount for two grown men to be able to carry.carry with some difficulty. Once the party loses the horse and cart, the peasants carrying the gold are shown staggering under the weight. But based on the volumes of their packs, they should be carrying between two and three tons of the stuff each, as opposed to forty-odd pounds.
18th Jun '16 2:25:50 PM Bissek
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* In ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'', a point is made about how heavy gold is, and the characters are staggering under the weight. But based on the volumes of their packs, they should be carrying between two and three tons of the stuff each. If the gold bars are intended to contain 10 ryo (16.5g) of gold each, then the 200 bars total would weigh somewhere between 70 and 90 pounds, depending on the purity of the bars, which is a plausible amount for two grown men to be able to carry.

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* In ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'', a point is made about how heavy gold is, and the characters are staggering under the weight. But based on the volumes of their packs, they should be carrying between two and three tons of the stuff each. If the gold bars are intended to contain 10 ryo (16.(1 ryo = 16.5g) of gold each, then the 200 bars total would weigh somewhere between 70 and 90 pounds, depending on the purity of the bars, which is a plausible amount for two grown men to be able to carry.
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