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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #45 on: November 19, 2010, 03:31:31 PM »
Tell me more


(and great Alaskan/Peruvian gold scam!)
I know no more. I asked some questions, and this was the answer...
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #46 on: November 19, 2010, 04:57:55 PM »
That pic refuses to load and the request times out...

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #47 on: November 19, 2010, 05:18:15 PM »



Although Alaska might not be the best place:


According to wikipedia you'd need to buy it in Mexico City (9.779 m/s2) and sell it in Oslo (9.819 m/s2).

In other words an actual kilogramme of gold would weight out on the scales at 977.9g in Mexico and 981.9g in Norway.

So you could probably make a profit if dealers don't account for local variations in gravity. Even so, you're looking at carrying 20 kilos of gold on every trip just to pay for the airfare. By the time you're earning money, you're looking at horrendous excess baggage charges.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #48 on: November 19, 2010, 05:23:35 PM »
I looked up the price of gold and was surprised to find it's only £27.23 a gramme.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #49 on: November 19, 2010, 05:39:44 PM »
Would it not be quite easy to create self-calibrating scales that would negate any effects due to local variations in gravity?

I suspect this is already the case...

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #50 on: November 19, 2010, 05:42:00 PM »
Would it not be quite easy to create self-calibrating scales that would negate any effects due to local variations in gravity?

I suspect this is already the case...
... and if it isn't, the next time I buy weighed produce I will complain. You can't weigh something and then give me its mass, that's misleading.

Everything sold in kilograms is basically under-mass by about 2-3 grams per kilo. It's a scandal! I wonder how much this is costing us the consumer.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #51 on: November 19, 2010, 06:08:16 PM »
Back in the day when we didn't get ripped of by the cashiers' tits, we used to buy things by mass. It's weight in modern (not) super (not) markets, tho

I'd imagine gold dealers go for mass
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #52 on: November 19, 2010, 06:10:31 PM »
I know no more. I asked some questions, and this was the answer...
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But but but! It was an awesome picture! I could describe it to you all?

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #53 on: November 19, 2010, 06:30:35 PM »
Strictly speaking the weight of things should be measured in Newtons which takes into account the acceleration of gravity. A gramme is a unit of mass and doesn't depend on gravity. It's still a gramme in space where it is weightless.

I presume scientific scales for very precise measurements are calibrated with standard weights and probably those for weighing precious metals too.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #54 on: November 19, 2010, 07:32:02 PM »
So when I go to the shop and by two kilos of Beluga Caviar (even though the beluga is an animal :gag: ) what I end up with is considerably less than two kilos (unless digital balances can self correct - can they?).

That pic is loading fine now. Might have been me I suppose. Very unsettling, I'm just glad that we have resisted having routinely armed baboons on the street.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #55 on: November 22, 2010, 06:30:10 AM »
Anyone still smoking?

When do you think this was taken?

He's thrown a kettle over a pub, what have you done?

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #56 on: November 22, 2010, 07:42:13 AM »
Anyone still smoking?

When do you think this was taken?




Just after a passing motorist crashed into  tree trying to read it?

Say 1906?

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #57 on: November 22, 2010, 07:48:05 AM »
Not many passing motorists in 1906.

I only ask because it seems rather early for such rabid anti smoking rhetoric.
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #58 on: November 22, 2010, 09:19:05 AM »
Fair point. Mid 1920s?

I did a reverse image search to see if I could find it in context, but it always appears in "pic of the day" sites.


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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #59 on: November 22, 2010, 09:22:55 AM »
Although Wilbur Glenn Voliva (the author of the sign above, in Zion, Illinois) had much to say on other subjects too:

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The idea of a sun millions of miles in diameter and 91,000,000 miles away is silly. The sun is only 32 miles across and not more than 3,000 miles from the earth. It stands to reason it must be so. God made the sun to light the earth, and therefore must have placed it close to the task it was designed to do. What would you think of a man who built a house in Zion and put the lamp to light it in Kenosha, Wisconsin?


and this. Which I love:




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Funnily enough 1906 was a significant year for Voliva:
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In 1906, the congregation revolted against Dowie's leadership and elected Voliva head of the church, which Voliva then renamed to the "Christian Catholic Apostolic Church." He kept tight control on his some 6,000 followers, which made up the community, even up to the point of dictating their choice of marriage partners. The city of Zion was effectively controlled by the church; all of its real estate, while sold at market rates, was conveyed under an 1,100 year lease, subject to many restrictions and subject to termination at the whim of the General Overseer. Religions other than the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church were effectively banned - visiting preachers from rival sects were harassed and hounded out of town by the city police force.


Fascinating man, thanks for providing the thread to follow.