One of my European friends posted the following on Facebook, mocking our American way of life.  Ha ha.  Good one.  That being said, it is almost perfectly accurate.  I hope that we are eventually able to move to the metric system, but let’s not get too crazy about Celsius, shall we?

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The clear advantage of the power of 10 of the metric system for converting smaller to bigger units of distance, weight, and volume is undeniable. Inches to miles, ounces to gallons, and ounces to pounds are annoying conversions. However, no such conversion is ever required with temperature. What is the practicality of the arbitrary choice of water’s freezing and boiling points with a scale of 0 to 100?  What is the practicality of using the decimal system to subdivide the space in between (“centigrade”). There isn’t any.

Using Celsius, temperatures range between -10C and 40C most calendar days.  More than 50% of that scale is never used.  Farenheit’s 100 degrees was calibrated to be the human blood temperature. While he may have gotten it wrong slightly, temps ranging between 14F and 104F most calendar days translates into a much more appropriate use of the 0-100 range.

Bring on metric, but please let us keep Farenheit!


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