Which weighs more - a pound of feathers or a pound of lead?
One of the things I like to pick up at auctions is old-fashioned feather pillows. James was in our room on Saturday, and managed to put a little hole in one of the pillows. When a feather poked out, he decided to investigate a little further, and the little hole became a big hole, and before you know it, ALL the feathers were out. Thank God no one turned a fan on at that moment, but when we reached the room, there was a solid layer of feathers on the bed, on the floor, on the chairs - EVERYWHERE. I expect I'll be pulling feathers out of the dvd player for the next few weeks. We swept them up, and to our astonishment found that ONE pillow contained enough feathers to fill up 2.5 giant garbage bags! Once you let air get between them, they're like popcorn - they seem to expand to 4 times their normal size. It makes me wonder what a feather-stuffing factory must look like? Do they shoot the feathers into the pillows and comforter cases under pressure, and then quickly sew up the seams? Or do they pour them in and keep packing them down until the pillow reaches the correct weight? I think the first method would be less messy.
Anyway, despite our best efforts, feathers keep drifting down stairs from somewhere above and I keep picking them up. Sometimes I just throw them out the door or the window, rather than try to carry them downstairs to the garbage can without losing some along the way. The kids have to be checked for feather fragments in their hair before they leave the house for school, and when the last load of laundry came out of the dryer, I pulled out the filter and found it stuffed full with feathers. I sure didn't see them when they went into the wash, but they find their way into everything.