Summer got hot and as always, at any season, people talk about the weather.
We all know how much of struggle it is for European to understand what’s the temperature outside when American says it’s in the 90s. It took me some courage to switch my Weather app on Fahrenheit (I’m still struggling to correctly spell it) and start measuring life in imperial. I easily got used to knowing what number means what weather, but when it comes to exact measurement for medical purposes, like body temperature, I still have to calculate and convert using equations or Google search. Who tells European mom that his temperature is 102 Fahrenheit?! Are you crazy?!
I know some argue that Fahrenheit doesn’t make sense at all and some propose Celsius to be an ultimate remedy. I’m not one of them though, I believe it’s all about what you’ve been brought up on. At the end of the day, Both Fahrenheit and Celsius would tell you that it’s up to you what you want to use, son. Thanks Lord (Kelvin) for staying away from the ruthless weather game. It could have been worse.
Actually, recently I read an interesting opinion that Fahrenheit actually makes sense, especially for the weather. Simply you need to understand, 0 in Fahrenheit means that it’s really cold outside when 100 means it’s super hot! Human body temperature is around 98°F – which is a quite hot day in NYC.
For us, who grew up on the metric system, it makes sense to relate temperature to the water. Celsius users know that water starts freezing on 0°C and it starts boiling on 100°C. Human body temperature is around 36.6°C, and it’s repetitive, easy number to remember. That’s it!
Of course, there always will be a moment when you need to convert from one another.
Those who can do a quick calculation in their mind, here is a simple formula to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius.
(or divide by 2 instead of 1.8, for easier calculation but approximate result)
Others – grab your personal assistant from the pocket and ask. Just sometimes, only sometimes, try to calculate by yourself, it’s fun and brain exercise can have some good benefits too.
P.S. Did I tell you about my struggles on Gallons, Miles, and Inches? OK, maybe later.