Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fact of the Day: Celsius

While America uses the Fahrenheit temperature scale, virtually the rest of the world uses Celsius. Also known as Centigrade (from the Latin words for a hundred steps), Celsius is a simpler scale where water freezes at zero and boils at a hundred. 

22 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Canada converted to the metric system in the early 1970s when I was a teenager. So I originally learned the old imperial system and then had to learn metric. I've done well in celsius temperature and kilometres for distance, but I still can't relate to weight and height in anything else but the old pounds, feet and inches.

Sakuranko said...

I know about this very well because I use centigrade~
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bj said...

I've wondered why we use Fahrenheit when so much of the world does use
Celsius...good fact, Adam.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Seems like we do most things different than the rest of the world.

Kay said...

We really should switch over. It would make it a lot less complicated. We were teaching our first graders the metric system, but I wonder if they're still doing that.

Bob Bushell said...

Shame on you!

Elisabeth said...

I've always wondered about this. Why do you use the Fahrenheit scale? Unfortunately I've always found it to be confusing as we in Europe use Celsius. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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Imogen said...

I am always confused by the Fahrenheit system you use in the US, it seems way more complicated.

Emmylou said...

You Americans always have to be different:D

Adam said...

Because like metric, Murica doesn't change for nobody. I actually like Fahrenheit more, but I wish we used metric. It's easier to use measuring tools for home improvement in metric than in standard.

Pat Hatt said...

Does seem a bit backarsewards when the rest of the world uses the other one. But america seems stuck in their ways.

Christine said...

Canada uses Celsius. It took awhile to get used to, my kids have never known anything different.

Al Penwasser said...

I have always thought that using Celsius (and the metric system for other measurements) just made the most sense. But, I really believe that you'll never see meters substituted for yards because of...American football. Can you imagine...it's third and three meters.
Even Canadian football uses yards, don't they?
But, Celsius? Oh yeah, totally makes sense.

Al Penwasser said...

Actually, didn't the US get their measuring system from the British? So blame them.
On second thought, don't they use metric now, though? Okay, Murica. ;-P
Hey, but they still express body weight in how many stones a person weighs. Or, in Michael Moore's case, boulders.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I was in elementary school when our country changed to the metric system in the 70s. Such a long time ago.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I am exactly the same!

Pilar Domínguez said...

I don´t understand why do we have different sistems of measure...it is so confusing. Kisses:)

Dascha said...

Why are some things different? :-P I can not understand!

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Selvaggia Capizzi said...

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Stephanie Faris said...

It was such an adjustment when I visited England and they'd tell me the temperature. It always sounded WAY low! I think some President tried to change it to Celsius, right? The attempt failed, though.

DEZMOND said...

yep, it's very difficult for me to use Fahrenheit, Celsius is easier and more logical. It's also difficult keeping up with you using pounds and ounces instead of kilograms and grams... the same goes for foots instead of our meters...

stephen Hayes said...

I always get mixed up about temperatures when I travel.