Re: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

Olaf Seibert (
19 Oct 1995 13:59:58 GMT

In <45t10u$> (Robert A. Uhl) writes:
> Also, Fahrenheit degrees go from 0 (freezing point of alcohol) to
>100 (supposed ave. human body temp.). Good ol' fahrenheit was of by
>1.4 for the body temp. so we are all at 98.6. Oh well. Every child
>learns 32 = freezing and 98.6 = good. I actually used the freezing
>point of alcohol last winter; I have a fridge in my then-uninsulated
>garage which held a lot of beer. My mother was worried that'd it all
>freeze. But, since the odds of <0 temps. are low, I was able to tell
>her not to worry. The Imperial system works again!

I think it is the freezing temperature of water with a surplus of
salt. I have an alcohol based thermometer and its scale runs from -50
to +50 (Celcius of course), and I've seen it indicating an outside
temperature below the aforementioned freezing temperature of salt
water. In fact, in a good freezer (for which that thermometer was
actually meant) the temperature is normally around or below -20 (i.e.
below 0 F).


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