I started collecting a rough estimate of the weight of the Sunday New York Times after having a discussion about it with a friend from Australia. I’ve made mention of the heavy weight (and alien blocking powers) of the Sunday Times before, and now I was curious about it’s actual weight.
I have two scales in my apartment. The first is a small food scale that can barely handle any weight over 1 pound. The other is a bathroom scale that can’t handle weights under 25 pounds. I was pretty sure that the Sunday Times fell somewhere in between.
In order to weigh the Times, I had to do the only thing that was logically available to me (and within my budget)…I would get on the bathroom scale and weigh myself, then get on with the Times and use the difference as the weight of the Times. While not being exact, it should give a close estimate of what the paper weighs.
There are 39 samples between August 29, 2004 and August 7, 2005.
The average weight of the NY Times was 4.2 lbs. (1.9 kg).
My average weight was 226.6 lbs. (102.8 kg).
The maximum weight for the NY Times was 6.0 lbs. (2.7 kg) and was seen 4 times.
My maximum weight of 231.0 lbs. (104.8 kg) was seen once.
The minimum weight for the NY Times was 3.0 lbs. (1.4 kg) and was seen 11 times.
My minimum weight of 224.0 lbs. (101.6 kg) was seen 4 times.