Wow, some very interesting discussion here, and it illustrates exactly why I tend to avoid being too specific in my descriptions of XWG. For the record, she's about 10,000 pounds regardless of any math, I'll go out on a limb, maybe write myself into a corner, but when I wrote it that's the weight I had in mind. I specifically didn't use a scale though because I didn't feel it was necessary to write one in and Jenna and Ed knew she was far fatter than anyone else. The people up top had never seen anyone so fat, and in fact didn't think she was human at first, actual numbers would IMO likely fall flat. Either she'd be too light (which might be in this case) or too heavy. The metaphors used are not intended for spot on accuracy. They're the impressions that Jenna and the shocked people had. My goal in writing it was to give the reader the similar shocked reaction. The mind racing for comparisons for something so surreal. The fattest any human has gotten may have been about 1600 pounds, and plenty of people haven't seen or adequately experienced the sight of encountering someone that big, and even if they saw a picture or caught it on TV, they really couldn't quite assimilate the info without prolonged examination. Now (while walking to work) they encounter quite by surprise a woman that's 5 tons. There's no human analog to compare her to. She's taller (while sitting down) than any human, and she's wider than probably any 5 or 6. Their minds (and Jenna's) will race to find a meaningful comparison; Bigger than an elephant, big as a house, etc. That doesn't mean they're accurate, but the impression will last. In all honesty, people would probably compare a person that weighed 4000 pounds with an elephant also, even though the elephant dwarfs them. As it is though, at 10,000 pounds Jenna is bigger than plenty of elephants. But bottom line, if you go for accuracy in such a thing you'll not only likely to fail (because no one knows what a 5 ton or more woman would really look like), but you might also get written into a corner, which apparently I have. Vivid descriptions mixed with decent geusstimates are IMO the way to go. Numbers eventually just become meaningless, and truly huge sizes are really difficult to describe in such a way as to be more compelling than a more modest size, like a few tons maybe. Great discussion, I love it when my old stories are discussed.