The original kilogram can be yours with this cool, stunningly accurate recreation

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The original can be yours if you buy the recreation?

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The original kilogram can be yours with this cool, stunningly accurate recreation

Well, it might be “cool,” but the original will NOT be yours; and it specifically isn’t an accurate “recreation” because it actually & explicitly isn’t made of the same stuff or anything like that.

Screw taste, ethics, or simple truth, gotta monetize!

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Waaaait waitwaitwait.

You’re telling me.

That I can buy a kilo of tungsten that’s worth $7.15 for just one penny shy of $160?

And it’s nickel-plated?

And it comes with a bell jar?!

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY FUTURAMA MEME

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It’s a pretty cool cloche though. Not quite up my alley, but close.

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Interestingly the old reference kilogram was retired because it was shedding weight. The new kilogram is a … well bit more abstract than it used to be.

Le Grand K is encased in 3 bell jars! One is just weak sauce.

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Does it come with a hammer in case I need to get it out to check something?

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I thought it was supposed to be stored underneath TWO bell jars.

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Yes, this is pretty much what I’m looking for as a cloche for a little project.

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Well if you’re planning a heist having a visually accurate reproduction is a good first step

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I store mine under a pyramid; to keep it sharp.

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Mass.

No kidding:

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Oh, and to make this recreation truely authentic, we’ve slapped our brand name on top just like the original doesn’t.

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okay …oh wait

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I dimly remember watching a TV film in the late 1980ies? early 1990ies? about a conspiracy to steal either the original kg or the original m. Set around 1900, I think.
But I can’t find anything online about it.

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Shipping weight 6 pounds.

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This reads like an advert for the Franklin Mint.

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“… that the kilogram is more than just a measurement of weight”. It is certainly more than a measurement of weight. It is a measurement of mass. It has never been a measurement of weight. Ever! There is a factor of about 9.8 between mass and weight. I may have a mass of 100 kg, but my weight is about 980 Newtons. Where did the idea come from that the kg is a measure of weight?

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I really want to see a heist movie where the villain has some convoluted plan to steal/alter the original kilogram and meter bar to change the very definitions of these units and profit from the change somehow. (Underpants gnomes-style?)
I guess it would have to be a period film though, since they stopped using the meter bar in 1960.

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Schroedinger’s Certificate of Authenticity.

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