"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Sunday, December 06, 2009

Climate change


In these days of preoccupation with climate change and global warming, I received the following in an email today, which may be useful.

Cold is a relative term. Use the handy list below to overcome the confusion:
Degrees (Fahrenheit)
65
- Hawaiians declare a two-blanket night
60
- Californians put on sweaters (if they can find one)
50
- Miami residents turn on the heat
45
- Vermont residents go to outdoor concerts
40
- You can see your breath
- Californians shiver uncontrollably
- Minnesotans go swimming
35
- Italian cars don't start
32
- Water freezes
30
- You plan your vacation to Australia
25
- Ohio water freezes
- Californians weep pitiably
- Minnesotans eat ice cream
- Canadians go swimming
20
- Politicians begin to talk about the homeless
- New York City water freezes
- Miami residents plan vacation further South
15
- French cars don't start
- Cat insists on sleeping in your bed with you
10
- You need jumper cables to get the car going
5
- American cars don't start
0
- Alaskans put on T-shirts
-10
- German cars don't start
- Eyes freeze shut when you blink
-15
- You can cut your breath and use it to build an igloo
- Arkansans stick tongue on metal objects
- Miami residents cease to exist
-20
- Cat insists on sleeping in pyjamas with you
- Politicians actually do something about the homeless
- Minnesotans shovel snow off roof
- Japanese cars don't start
-25
- Too cold to think
- You need jumper cables to get the driver going
-30
- You plan a two week hot bath
- Swedish cars don't start
-40
- Californians disappear
- Minnesotans button top button
- Canadians put on sweaters
- Your car helps you plan your trip South
-50
- Congressional hot air freezes
- Russian cars don't start
- Alaskans close the bathroom window
-80
- Hell freezes over
- Polar bears move South
-90
- Lawyers put their hands in their own pockets.
NB. Those British readers who don't remember the days when we measured temperatures in farenheit may need to find a conversion chart. Apologies for any inconvenience. :)

2 comments:

  1. I like this Jenny :-)

    I remember when I was in Marrakesh in February. It was 30 plus degrees and we were swimming in an outdoor pool and got fabulous suntans. The locals were all still wrapped up in scarfs, gloves and wooly hats under the impression it was freezing.

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  2. These days, chance would be a fine thing, JJ! :)

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