Conversation between me and Victor:
me: Which weighs more? Five pounds of cheese, or five pounds of helium?
Victor: Is this a trick question?
me: No, I’ve been thinking about this for hours. Helium floats so does that mean you could you only make it weigh more if you added more helium? Or would it weigh less because it’s more?
Victor: I’d guess that five pounds of helium would be heavier than five pounds of cheese because you’d have to put the five pounds of helium in something to contain it and the container would add fractionally more weight.
me: Maybe. But maybe helium would weigh less than cheese because helium floats but it could still be measured in PSI. Like, you could have five pounds per square inch pressure of helium which doesn’t actually weigh anything on a scale.
Victor: My head hurts.
me: That’s some deep chicken-and-egg shit there, dude.
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