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Imperial vs. metric

In article <ant2211491cbLJLo@ether251.acorn.co.uk>,
Mark RISON  <mrison@acorn.co.uk> wrote:
>                                                                    If
>someone tells me it's going to be 100 F tomorrow, I have no idea whether
>(without playing with 32s and 9ths) that's bloody cold, cold, cool,
>nothing, warm, hot or bloody hot (*).

If it's any help (probably not :-), Fahrenheit chose 0°F as the coldest
temperature he could achieve by mixing water, salt, and ice, and 100°F
as normal human blood temperature.  So 100°F is exactly "bloody hot".
(Well, not quite exactly, because Fahrenheit's measurements were a
little out.  I believe the standard for human blood temperature these
days is 98.6°F == 37°C.)

Did you know that Celsius chose 0°C as the temperature of boiling water,
and 100°C as the temperature of melting ice?

While I'm rambling, my favourite aide-memoir: a newton is the weight (on
Earth) of a goodish sized apple.

Tim.
--
Tim Goodwin | "I suppose this is another case of those darn IP/TCP guys who
UUNET, UK   | work in practice but not in theory." -- Paul Mockapetris

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From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: cam.misc
Subject: Re: Imperial vs. metric (was: Subsidiarity (was Referendum Candidate))
Date: 23 Apr 1997 15:35:03 GMT
Organization: UUNET, Cambridge, UK.
Message-ID: <5jla77$c7u@tube.news.pipex.net>
References: <335B79E0.28CF@lsl.co.uk> <335b8b42.1046893323@news>
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