Apparently we can say, to some approximation, that dollar coins are worth their weight in cat.

That's a little puzzling. What *is* the worth of a cat? How is this measured? You get cats practically for free and then you spend money on supporting them.

I'm pretty sure my cat is not objectively worth anything. In fact, given that he consumes food and does nothing useful, he's a pure financial burden except for his high sentimental value.

So if you give me the choice, I'll take the cat-sized pile of dollar coins over another cat, Maine Coon or not.


How sweet to mention, 'Scott's blog and efforts here. Its good to know, u guys get along.. But, then isn't he more famous than 'freaknomics'? It should have been straight forward 'Scott Adams, Dilbert creator, wants to know...'


Possibly something for a future BLEG: What is the origin of the phrase "x is worth it's weight in gold". I once saw a TV show suggesting that this phrase originated with slave trading and originally meant that a slave was valuable enough that the owner would have paid the an amount of gold equivalent to the weight of manillas used to buy said slave:

I don't remember what show I was watching but I do remember that there was no citation.