How did the plane get off the ground?

How much cargo can a plane carry? According to the mathematical geniuses at the Yahoo! front page, as much as 2,600,000,000 pounds:

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That’s a lot of cocaine. And one huge aircraft.

Seriously, have you ever seen anything so stupid? In truth 1.3 tonnes (that’s a metric ton, or 1000 kilograms) of cocaine were found on the plane. That’s about 2866 pounds.


4 Responses to “How did the plane get off the ground?”

  1. ericjbaker Says:


    You can’t write comedy this good.

  2. ZZMike Says:

    I checked the online headlines. Every single one of them gets it right – except one. (Though all the stories probable come from the same source.)

    Even a 7th-grader (5th, in China) would know that you don’t carry 1.3 megatons of anything on a plane. Even a ship would have to be pretty big for that.

    • Laura Says:

      I’ve been trying to figure out how a mistake like that gets made. I think maybe the writer had “$270 million” in the headline, then decided to change it to weight and forgot to delete the “million.” That also means the writer thought a ton was the same as a tonne. Regardless of how this happened, someone is very lazy and ignorant.

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