When I was in Morocco, at almost all the the spice, vegetable, and fruit stalls in the bazaars and medinas there would be a vat of yellowish black shiny gloppy goop that looked like new motor grease. I finally asked the guide, and he said it was the famous Moroccan Black Soap*. It's made from olives, argan oil, maybe a little eucalyptus globulus oil, and sometimes other minerals, and you get it in a jar. It's traditionally used in the Moroccan steam baths, there's a particular way to use it, and it's supposedly wonderful for the skin.
I decided to look it up online and buy some. The least expensive of the same brand names were found on eBay.
The experience has left me shaken. I asked a seller a question, and now I am no longer sure of my mental abilities. (Not a difficult task these days. Lately I can't remember anything, and I'm not sure of anything.)
She had listed the soap as: "Moroccan Black Soap ( 250kg Jar)"
I don't know metric all that well, but 250 kg seems wrong????
So I sent her a note:
The title says 250 kg.
Being American, I am confused. According to my conversion chart, that's 8,818.49 ounces, or 551 pounds - over a quarter of a ton (a quarter of a tonne**). That doesn't seem right.
Can I assume it's actually about 8 ounces, or .25 kg?
This is her response:
The jar weighs 11.4 oz. 250kg = 8.8 oz. The comma is really a decimal point. So you are getting a bit more than 250 kg. Hope this helps
Ok, who's nuts. Me or her? (She or I? And where did she get that 11.4?)) Isn't 1 kg equal to 2.2 lb? Did I do something wrong? It's certainly possible. When I was buying beads, sizes of beads are listed as mm or cm, and I have diligently translated it to inches using conversion factors, and have often been surprised by the size of the beads I get.
I did not buy her soap - it was one of the most expensive listings. It would be fun to buy her soap, save the emails and then complain to eBay when she sends me less than a quarter ton. Or even less than 11.4 ounces.
Please reassure me I'm right. I'm serious. She really knocked me for a loop for several minutes. I mean she should KNOW! And I've been so "off" lately.... She actually scared me.
*....which is not at all the same as African Black Soap, which is made from palm oil, comes as a bar rather than goop, and has different good qualities.
** A tonne is 1000 kg, or 2200 lb.
If you would like to educate her, the listing is here:
I bought this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/200821975080?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 Note that it's 250 gm, which is 8.8 oz.