What Weighs 50 Pounds?

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How can you tell if an item or animal weighs 50 pounds? Reading reviews about the item or animal can be very helpful. But it's only by weighing it will you be able to ascertain its actual weight. Here are some items that you may or may not have known weighed 50 pounds.

Fast-Setting Concrete Mix

Fast-setting concrete mix like Quikrete comprises cement, sand and gravel. It takes approximately 20 to 40 minutes to set hard and can be used to build sidewalks, building steps and lamp posts. Each bag weighs 50 pounds and can yield nearly 0.375 cubic feet of mixed concrete. It's ideal for setting posts and air conditioner pads and pouring slabs, especially when rapid return to service is needed. 

A Small Bale of Hay

Bale weight and nutrient content are vital factors in deciding the cost of a given bale. The weight of hay depends on its shape, size and density. Small rectangular bales weigh 50 pounds, whereas large "square" bales can weigh 800 to 1,500 pounds. Crops like alfalfa and wheat straw have different weights and are, at times, humid during the baling process. For instance, two string bales of grass hay can weigh between 45 to 55 pounds, and the same string for alfalfa with good leaf preservation will weigh 60 to 70 pounds. 

A Large Bag of Dog Food

Most dogs are content with just one meal a day, but some larger dogs require two meals a day. In this case, you'll need large bags of dog food like Ol' Roy, Purina Dog Chow and Pedigree. Such foods are available in a 50-pound bag at a reasonable cost. This offers 200 cups of dry food since a pound of dog food approximately equals 4 cups. This means you'll only need about four bags each year. 

$1,000 in Quarters

For U.S.-based metal coins, 1 pound is often worth 20 dollars. This means 1 pound of quarters, 80 pieces or two rolls should be worth $20. The same idea applies to 1 pound of dimes. According to the United States Mint, the United States clad cupronickel quarter weighs 5.670 grams. So, $1,000 (4,000 quarters) will be 22.68 kg, which is equivalent to 50 pounds. 

An Average Male Bulldog

Bulldogs are inactive indoors and prefer a relaxed lifestyle. The weight of an adult male bulldog is approximately 50 pounds, whereas a mature female is about 40 pounds. However, show dogs tend to be heavier by about 10 pounds and stand 12 to 15 inches at the shoulder. It's important to note that bulldogs are voracious eaters. Since they gain weight quickly, they can quickly become overweight if their food intake isn't monitored.

6 Gallons of Water

The U.S. liquid gallon, which is the most commonly used, weighs 8.344 pounds of water at its highest density. Other units of gallon include the U.S. dry gallon and imperial gallon. The U.S. dry gallon weighs 9.711 pounds at its maximum density, while the imperial gallon is defined as 10.02 lbs. Using the U.S. liquid gallon measurement, 6 gallons of water weighs 50.064 pounds.