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Posted by **jessica** on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 7:45pm.

1933—Stop-motion pioneer Willis O’Brien, who brought the giant gorilla to life, once guessed

Kong’s weight at a rather excessive 38 tons.

2005—8,000 pounds

In the 1933 movie, Kong was about 20 feet tall. In the

2005 version, he was 25 feet tall. Does the data on the

weight of Kong make sense for these heights? Explain.

- math? -
**Reiny**, Monday, June 15, 2009 at 9:07pmmakes sense.

Weight (mass) is a function of volume and volume of two similar shapes is directly proportional with the cubes of the sides.

Assuming the two gorillas were similar in shape, and assuming that the 2005 data was more accurate, then

weight33/weight05 = height33^3/height05^3

weight33/8000 = 20^3/25^3

weight33 = 4096 pounds

(did they use the 2005 data by using the data from a normal gorilla?

Wikipedia says adult males range in height from 165-175 cm (5 ft 5 in – 5 ft 9 in), and in weight from 140–204.5 kg (310–450 lb)

let's say today's gorilla is 5.5 feet tall and weighs 380 pounds

is 380/4096 = 5.5^3/25^3 ?

LS = .0928

RS = .0106 WAY OFF )

- Correction math? -
**Reiny**, Monday, June 15, 2009 at 9:08pmI meant to say

**Makes NO sense**,

as shown in the calculation.

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