Things that weigh a gram

When you don’t have a balance in hand but need household items as a reference for a gram, what can you pick that will weigh a gram ?

I’ve searched my home and checked using an electronic precision scale in order to select what items that weigh 1 gram.

See also the Gram to oz converter at the bottom of this article.

There is my selection:

Household things that weigh a gram

A Dollar note, a paper clip, 2 Paris metro tickets, an England train ticket, the core of a pen Bic Cristal, a small ink cartridge.

  • Any dollar note. According to the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing, a dollar bill weighs exactly one gram. This is the same for any dollar note. I’ve checked by myself and this is true.
  • A paper clip
  • a small ink cartridge for fountain pen (picture: pelican 4000)
  • Two paris metro tickets. One of those tickets only weigh half a gram. If one day you visit this city, you may end up with some in your pocket.
  • a 2″ birthday candle. Preferably not used.
  • A UK train tickets. That is also true for a tube ticket, or Underground, the metro of London. If you are one of the 6 million tourists that visit this city every year, you will bring some of those in your souvenirs.
  • The core of a Bic Cristal ballpoint pen

There are plenty of other items that are notoriously weighing a gram but I haven’t checked by myself:

a coin of one Yen of Japan, one-fifth of a sheet of paper, a pinch of salt, a raisin, a stick of gum, 1 milliliter of water, or 1/3 or teaspoon of water.

What is a gram?

The word “gram” comes from Latin “gramma”, meaning ‘small weight’.

It is abbreviated g, not to be confused with a “grain” that is a unit of measure of a grain of cereal (wheat or barley) but also for gold nuggets and abbreviated gr.

The gram is the smallest unit of weight in the Metric System. It is equivalent of the weight of a cubic centimeter of pure water at 4 degrees Celsius, or 1 milliliter (1/1000 litre) of water.

Smaller units are expressed in fractions of grams, e.g. a milligram (mg) is a thousandth of gram, and higher units are multiple, like a Kilogram (or a Kilo, abbrev. Kg) is a thousand grams.

A metric ton is a thousands of Kilograms, which means it weighs a million grams.

The gram is commonly used in pharmaceuticals, for the weighing of molecules in medicines and tablets (eg Penicilin 500mg) and in nutrition labels for food products. You could read this article to know more about the pros and cons of various types of milligram scales.
Conversion of a gram

1 gram is equivalent of 0.0353 dry ounces, 0.002 pound.

1 stone = 14 Pounds (lb) = 224 ounces (oz) = 6,350.3 g

1 lb = 16 oz = 453.6 g

1 oz = 28.35 g

1 troy ounce, the units used for precious metals (Gold, Silver, Palladium and Platinum) = 31.1035 g

For more information about the Gram and the metric system, feel free to see the Wikipedia page about those topics.

If you want to convert any weight in gram, use this converter:



or try this online Grams to Ounce Converter.

U.K.: Use of a weighing scale to measure political correctness

There is a tradition in High Wycombe, United Kingdom that consist in weighing the ruling politicians in public in order to see if politicians and dignitaries have been “overindulging” during their time in office.


Mayor of High Wycombe is weighed-in

Mayor of High Wycombe is weighed-in

This year, the newly elected mayor, Cllr Hanif said he is proud to become the new mayor of the town and wants traditions like the mayor weigh-in event to continue.

According to folklore, the ceremony began when a visiting monarch observed the mayor being drunken disorderly and declared that any future mayors will be weighed at the start and end of their tenure.

Source: Bucks Free Press




China: customer pays brand new car with 660,000 coins

In China, a man went into a car dealer showroom in Shenyang to buy a brand new car. He did pay the full price for the vehicle with coins and only a few bank notes. As you can imagine, this turned A LOT of heads in the dealership. If you want to get a new car, without all the hassle, you could check out a vehicle finance calculator. This will allow you to pay in monthly instalments, leaving you money for the better things in life! Paying full price can be daunting in itself, but imagine paying full price in coins. In America, not many would think about paying that much for used cars in Kansas or anywhere else using that method. We can only hope that he was able to get gap insurance once he made this purchase since it covers his car once it begins to depreciate – see more about gap insurance at

The full payment from Mr. Gan weighed at least four tons. More than 10 employees went through 1,320 bundles of coins wrapped in brown paper, which placed in a pile stood over 12 feet tall. It took several hours for them to count and filter the coins until they emptied Gan’s truck, according to Shanghaiist.

Chinese often pay large amounts with only coins

The buyer used that pile of coins to purchase a SUV that cost $109,700 (680,000 yuan). He paid $106,480 (660,000 yuan) with coins and the rest of the amount with small bank notes. Buying a car can be difficult for someone in Gan’s position, so the fact that he was able to get the car, even if he used loose change to do so would be commendable. One can only imagine what would have happened if he needed to use a car shipping service to get his car home!

Gan said that he was saving the money over the years. Because he works in a gas station, he would most often receive payments in small coins and small denominations notes. “Our station is in the suburbs, there are very few banks. So we didn’t deposit the coins and decided to use them to buy a car for our company,” he said, according to the BBC.

In order to be considerate, Gan took care to tell the car dealership about his method of payment ahead of time. He feared to be turned away, but the car dealer gladly accepted it and was prepared for his arrival with weighing scales and a full-service staff, according to News Corp Australia.

Chinese media reported that this is not an unusual event in China to pay big tickets items with large hoard of coins. The down payment for an apartment was paid by a man in Fujian using 100,000 coins, and a woman in Zhengzhou paid for a BMW in a manner similar to Gan, according to World Car Fans.

Source: HNGN

Annual Weight-in at the London Zoo

Once a year every year, all the crew of the London Zoo is on the deck for the annual weigh-in of the 19,000 animals residents of the ZSL London Zoo.

From tiny frogs to Lions, Giraffes and Elephants, all animals need to be weighted in order to monitor their well-being.

This exercise requires all sorts of scales and balances adapted to each animal size. Zoo keepers have to be creative in order to get the creatures let them take their measurements.

The data collected is then shared with other zoos in a global database that provides key information for nature conservationists in programs designed to preserve endangered species.

Weighting a tiny frog with a spoon balance.

A waxy tree frog sitting on a spoon. Credit:


As you can see, some animals need to be lured with treats in order to get them on the balance scale.

treating animals to get them on the scale balance.

Tammy, our tree anteater, gets some tasty treats during her weigh-in.

Big animals, big scale challenge. how a zoo is weighting a camel is quite impressive, as you can see in the following photo:

Camel Weight-in

Our keepers look happy with our camel’s weigh-in result.








The great Animal Weigh-In happens once a year during the summer holiday.

Source: Weight-in at London Zoo


DietLow Fat Diet. Weight loss and fitness demands following a wholesome diet, low in calories. You’ll also want to make sure that you get enough sleep, as this might be affecting your health without you realising. If you don’t sleep very well, then one thing that you could do would be to get yourself a new mattress (why not check out something like this memory foam mattress here?). Additionally, you have to be compelled to move daily, combining cardiopulmonary exercise with workouts that improve your strength, flexibility, and vary of motion. Effective diets provide you with flexibility in your food and exercise prepare therefore you may confine form even throughout times of stress or changes in schedule. Speak alongside your doctor concerning diet goals if you have health considerations.

1. Eating only being hungry (several tiny, fiber-filled snacks each day),

During meals, set your ware on the table between bites and sip water to block your uptake therefore you are feeling fuller sooner. once you are feeling the impulse to eat as a result of unhappiness, stress or anger, breathe deeply and picture yourself during a peaceful, lovely place, attempt meditation, a walk, or yoga instead of uptake senselessly.

2. Choosing the diet strictly fitting one’s schedule, taste preferences and lifestyle:

Each meal and snack can feature one portion of a full-grain or legume, like lentils, white beans, or spread.

3. Exercising 3 times a week at least for 30 minutes also contributes to staying fit

That can come in many forms such as Cardio, weight training, yoga, etc. If you want to see how well you are progressing with your fitness levels, you may want to look at getting a fitness tracker to be mindful of how you are doing and what you will need to improve on. Visiting sites like Mobile Mob can help you find the right accessories to use for your fitness tracker as well.


weightTo evaluate the mass of the internet, analysts multiplied the mass of ONE electron (9,1 x 10 to the power of 31) plus the common weight which powers this electron WITH the number of electrons required to post and keep web data in the our planet. They wound up with the total weight of 50 grammes. This might be a surprisingly trivial number given the ubiquitousness of internet in our everyday life.
But, if electrons have weight then by what means do they change the weight of our everyday equipment (notebooks, iPod’s, iPad’s etc.)? Indeed, the weight of the devices bit by bit increases with the increase in the amount of data. To be more precise, this increase of weight is due to the increase of weight of the particular electrons which need more energy to store data. Having said that, this rise of weight is evidently small and unquestionably impossible to dicern by the user.
Hopefully, this article helped you to look at the internet and data in a whole new perspective.

Read also: Let’s Weigh The Internet (Or Maybe Let’s Not) in which ROBERT KRULWICH gives the updated weight of the internet but also of a post that goes viral or an email.

One Email = ‘Two Ten Thousanths Of A Quadrillionth Of An Ounce’