In case you've been feeling lighter lately, you're not alone. Apparently the metal weight used to define the kilogram in France has been too:


What intrigues me here is the attempt to define a kilogram of mass in "a non-physical way." Now...wait a minute! Mass is, of course, one of the fundamental concepts of physics. Perhaps what we're really dealing with is the mystery of the missing mass itself, and the whole notion that the constants of physics are really constant. But are they? Even Einstein used the implicit assumption of "constant constants" in his relativity theories. But his contemporaries - one thinks of Pascual Jordan, not to mention Dr. Ott Christian Hilgenberg - weren't so convinced that constants were indeed constant.

So this little story may be hinting at a much deeper mystery: why is any mass missing to begin with? What process or theory will be advanced to account for it? Jordan and Hilgenberg advanced their theories long ago, and neither of them proved to be entirely satisfactory, except that both men realized there was something amiss with the idea of the "constant constants".

There is an even deeper part of this story as well, one having ancient roots, as I outline in my forthcoming book Genes, Giants, Monsters and Men, and that is, that both the English imperial and the continental metric system both appear to have analogues in very ancient systems of measure (though in my opinion, the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the imperial system).  If there is one thing that emerged from the ancient views of cosmology, it is change; no matter how minute, how insiginificant, change was in everything. Perhaps they had some understanding, then, that even the idea of a constant measure of mass also varied over time, for whatever reason.

As for the modern story, while the missing mass in the kilo may be insignificant, it may be a significant clue into a deep physics, one for which every theoretical model has an explanation, but none of them seem entirely adequate. Hilgenberg of course posited a vorticular cosmology, and a perpetually changing mass and expansion of the earth; Jordan's ideas eventually became part of the Brans-Dicke-Jordan hypothesis, in which variable constants were a principal conceptual component. Burkhardt Heim entertained similar notions of a temporal cellular structure to space-time, as did Kozyrev with his mighty, mystical utterance "time is not a scalar."

One wonders, if the kilo is missing the mass of a grain of sand, have yardsticks lengthened or contracted? Granted, it's a small story, but the concept behind the story has exercised the greatest minds in physics in the 20th century, so it may well be a story worth following.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Donna on February 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

    From torsion point of view, could the cosmos be spinning faster, thus causing depletion in mass? I’ve been feeling dizzy lately 🙂

  2. MQ on January 31, 2011 at 11:27 am

    My car gets 3 rods to a hogshead, and that’s the way I like it!

  3. chris stibrany on January 30, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Am I the only one who thought this thread was about missing catholic mass when I read the title? 🙂

    • Mary linderman on January 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

      Yes Chris.

    • spiritsplice on January 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm


  4. Justina on January 30, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I recall decades ago reading an argument against metric,
    that it is baaaad because based on a human measurement,
    unlike the absolute of Britain, the inch, yard, mile, etc.

    Trouble is, the British measurement was based on the
    length of the forearm of a king. But, since metric was
    developed, if the history given in the rant was correct,
    in Revolutionary France, as part of an exaltation of
    Man over and above God and all institutions. Don’t
    reorder the latter with an eye to getting them back to
    Godliness from whatever deviation had developed,
    just scrap everything.

    so the argument may not be that bad.

    But metric scale or British, that piece of iridium has
    lost mass or weight or whatever you want to call it.
    I realize mass and weight aren’t the same thing, I
    guess mass causes weight. a loss in the latter would
    indicate a loss in the former.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on January 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

      No you are utterly mistaken that the imperial measures are anatomically based…they are geodetic and astronomical.

      • Justina on January 31, 2011 at 3:19 am

        I stand corrected.

  5. spiritsplice on January 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

    It has always caught my suspicion that there has been a global push for the metric system. If the elites want it for you, it must suck. I have never been able to put my finger on the akwardness of the metric system, but I have always felt it. Now that Britain is being integrated into the EU imperial units won’t last muc longer.

    • Logician on January 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      @ SpiritSplice: I would suggest that you take a look at the work of of a brilliant researcher named Carl Munck who found that the world pyramid system encoded very specific scientific information via both the pyramids architectural dimensions and geographic placement on the earth. He found that the Foot and the Statute Mile were used to make such measurements.


  6. Justina on January 30, 2011 at 6:09 am

    If an overall change had occurred, then the means of measurement
    and the measured would have retained the same relationships to
    each other, and we wouldn’t notice it.

    Unless the change is not uniform.

    Someone at the article site suggested, that the copies had gained
    a little weight from handling over the years.

    And maybe it is just outgassing?

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