space_raptor wrote:0 degrees: temperature of salt, water, and ice in equilibrium
Intervals of 12: Why the hell not, they use it for feet and inches
96 degrees: body temperature, which has nothing to do with the temperature of salt, water, and ice in equilibrium
Germany: Not where any of us live
Do you see? Come on!
The meter was originally defined as one ten-millionth of the distance between the equator and the north pole, through Paris. None of us live there, either. Also, it's worth noting that Celsius himself put 0Âº at the boiling point and 100Âº at the freezing point.
Another funny thing is how arbitrary the actual definition looks: Celsius is defined so the triple point of water is at 0.01Âº, and the size of a degree is 1/273.16 of the difference between this temperature and absolute zero.
zenten wrote:Below Zero, keep as much skin covered as possible. Between O and 10, wear a jacket. 10-20, wear a long sleeve shirt. 20-30 is comfortable room temperature. 30-40 is time to go swimming. Anything above 40 is just scary.
20-30 is not comfortable room temperature. 30ÂºC (86ÂºF) is time to do something to cool yourself down. Especially if it's humid. And besides, I can again use the precision argument for Farenheit's superiority:
<10, better keep pretty bundled up
10-20, pretty cold, but exposed skin isn't going to start hurting too soon
20-30, perfect winter day, snow isn't too powdery or too watery
30-40, temperature for some of the least pleasant weather, but also a pretty nice temperature to arrive at after a much colder winter
40-50, in the spring, it's time to break out the light jackets, in the fall, time to break out the winter coats
50-60, temperature of a nice spring or fall day, "crisp"
60-70, cool room temperature, probably need long sleeves
70-80, warm room temperature, short sleeves should do
80-90, temperature of a nice summer day: too hot inside, swimming looks good
90-100, swimming is definitely the thing to do now
100+, damn, it's getting hot
space_raptor wrote:You're missing the point, which is that the weatherman is always wrong to some degree anyway, so being precise with your temperature scale doesn't matter.
You keep talking about forecasts as if they're the only thing the weather report includes. But they also mention current temperature, which is known far more precisely than 1ÂºC, and some of us like a bit of that precision. (Maybe you Celsius folks have had your heat sensitivity deadened, because I can also feel 1ÂºF difference, especially in the 55-80 range. This actually caused discomfort trying to set the AC temperature for sleeping in Playa del Carmen, where all I had was a sheet. One (C) temperature would feel too cold, but then a single degree higher for much time felt too warm.
Also, Fahrenheit is really damn hard to spell
Yet another example of how the metric system weakens men's minds. If you kept yourself nimble remembering that there are 57.75 cubic inches in a US liquid quart, you could probably spell Farenheit more easily.
zenten wrote: TheTankengine wrote:
Dalenthas wrote:Kelvin is a great deal less arbitrary
Hardly. dK = dC How is that less arbitrary?
The definition of 0 is less arbitrary.
Fine. Let's use Rankine then. Same less arbitrary zero point as Kelvin, same extra precision as Farenheit. Best of both worlds.