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How Much Does Stuff Weigh? [infographic]

Have you ever wondered “How much does a cat weigh?” or “Which is heavier, a bowling ball or a dining chair?” We put it all to rest with this handy weight comparison chart.

For you college students, how much does your backpack weigh? A study at Indiana University found male students carried an average of 11 lbs. and females carried 10 lbs. 8 oz. The heaviest bag recorded in the study weighed 25 pounds! Ouch.

Most of the data for animal weights was gathered from the database at Most of the weights of other items were found on their package (in the case of flour, sugar and butter) or found on the manufacturer’s website (mostly Ikea and Lowe’s).

Below is a table of the items above, plus a few bonuses.

Some Extra Handy Common Weight Equivalents

Weight Items
Things that weigh 1 lb. Guinea pig, 4 sticks of butter, book, 4 bananas, 1/2 rack of ribs, 8 Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
Things that weigh 5 lbs. Chihuahua, Small bag (5 lbs. of sugar, flour), Table lamp, Cooking pot
Things that weigh 10 lbs. Housecat, Medium bag (10 lbs. of sugar, flour, rice, etc), medium bowling ball
Things that weigh 20 lbs. Pug, Dining chair, Car tire
Things that weigh 40 lbs. Border collie, 5-gallon jug, Microwave, Bag of water softener salt pellets
Things that weigh 60 lbs. Boxer (dog breed), Small punching bag, Leather armchair
Things that weigh 80 lbs. Labrador retriever, Dishwasher, Bag of concrete
Things that weigh 100 lbs. Bloodhound, Toilet, Dresser

Bonus! A few more obscure weights!

3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
6 pounds = a human’s skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant’s penis (yep, weights more than his heart!)
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds = an Irish Setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the World’s Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she’s 5’11”)
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she’s 5’4”)
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds = an average football lineman

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