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How heavy is 281 ounces?

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It's about nine-tenths as heavy as a Dachshund.
In other words, the weight of a Dachshund is 1 times 281 ounces.
(a.k.a. "Wiener dog", a.k.a. Teckel, a.k.a. Dackel, a.k.a. "hot dog dog", a.k.a. "sausage dog", a.k.a. "doxie") (FCI standard; standard size)
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) calls for dachshunds to weigh about 300 ounces. Despite of their small size, a 2008 survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania named dachshunds as the most aggressive dog breed.
It's about one-and-one-fifth times as heavy as a Bowling Ball.
In other words, 281 ounces is 1.170833330 times the weight of a Bowling Ball, and the weight of a Bowling Ball is 0.8540925290 times that amount.
(most common selection among male bowlers)
With an allowable range of 176 ounces, the most-preferred bowling ball weight among adult, male bowlers is 240 ounces. Because regulation balls measure the same diameter irrespective of their weight, ball density varies by size and balls weighing less than about 176.369810 ounces will float in water.
It's about two-thirds as heavy as a Gold Bar.
In other words, 281 ounces is 0.64029947920 times the weight of a Gold Bar, and the weight of a Gold Bar is 1.5617691920 times that amount.
(London Good Delivery bar)
A "London Good Delivery" gold bar — the variety commonly held by Central Banks — should weigh 438.85714290 ounces. The largest gold bar ever produced was minted by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (a sibling company of the auto manufacturer) in 2005 and weighed 8,818.4904870 ounces.
It's about two times as heavy as a Gallon of Paint.
In other words, the weight of a Gallon of Paint is 0.50 times 281 ounces.
(excluding container; average weight)
A gallon of paint weighs about 200 ounces. Every day, 10,000,000 L (3,000,000 gal) of paint are applied in the United States.
It's about two times as heavy as a Cat.
In other words, the weight of a Cat is 0.50 times 281 ounces.
(Felis catus) (Domestic; healthy weight)
The average domestic cat should weigh between 200 ounces. Cats are known for their righting reflex, which allows them to land on their feet and survive falls from heights of 1 m (3 ft) up to about 21 m.
It's about two-and-a-half times as heavy as a Brick.
In other words, the weight of a Brick is 0.370 times 281 ounces.
(Standard, traditional face brick - 1,900 cu. cm (120 cu. in))
A standard, traditional face brick weighs an average of 100 ounces. The steeple of the Church of St. Martin in Landshut, Germany is said to be the tallest brick tower in the world at a height of 130.6 m (428.5 ft) and was constructed using an estimated 650,000 bricks.
It's about three-and-a-half times as heavy as a Chihuahua.
In other words, 281 ounces is 3.540 times the weight of a Chihuahua, and the weight of a Chihuahua is 0.2820 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Chihuahue(o) (FCI standard)
The F&d&ration Cynologique Internationale (FCI) calls for Chihuahuas to weigh about 79.40 ounces. Relative to their body sizes, Chihuahuas have the largest brain size of any dog breed.