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According to the caption of this AP photo, the winning couple in the North American Wife Carrying Championships takes home "five times the woman's weight in cash, her weight in Red Hook beer, and the right to compete at the world championship in Finland."

Five times her weight, in cash?

It turns out this means, not an amount of cash weighing five times what the woman does, but the number of dollars equalling five times the woman's weight, counted in pounds. At least, that's my guess, judging from the photo of this year's winners with their check. (Thankee, Rosecrans, for pointing out the pic.)

Well, that's not nearly as much fun. Even if the cash in question were pennies, the winners would still do better (provided someone helped them roll them, of course). A penny, according to Fact Monster, weighs 2.5 grams, which means 181.4 pennies weigh a pound. Since this year's winning wife, Wendy Straatman, apparently (judging from the photo) weighed 125 lbs., they would've won 113,379 pennies, or $1,133! Almost twice as much as the $625 check in the picture.

And if the cash in question were in bills, they'd be set! United States currency notes weigh one gram, according to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing's FAQ; and there are some 453.5 notes in a pound. That works out to a total of $283,447! Not bad for a day's work.

And just imagine the reality TV series they could make out of the couple's trip home with their piles of loot!

October 16, 2002 1:28 AM

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I actually weigh 109lbs. I was able to lean back on the see saw to get leverage on the beer and weights placed on the other end. They also rounded my weight up. Sure, I would have preferred the $283K but I'm not complaing about $625 for 1 minute 15 seconds worth of time spent upside down! It's all for fun.

Posted by Wendy Straatmann on October 21, 2002 1:48 PM

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