Why You Are Gaining Weight

So here is a question that you may think has an easy answer, when it apparently actually not only does not have an easy answer, but in fact has a changing answer:

How heavy is a Kilo?

The Kilo is an important reference point for all sorts of things to do with weights and measures. The answer is that the Kilo is referenced to the weight of a rock which is kept in a vault in France. It looks like this:

The Cylinder has been the standard reference for the weight of a Kilo since 1889 (since when all the clever people in the world have not come up with a better way od measuring it.

Anyway, the other problem is that people keep picking it up, and every time someone does, it gets a little bit lighter…. and that, I’m afraid to say, is making you and me and everyone else a little heavier.

Or as Richard Steiner has been quoted as saying “if somebody sneezed on that kilogram, all the weights in the world would be instantly wrong”.

Now you know. More here and here.

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