Now I’ve Seen Everything

A group of elderly people are having a yoga class in a freshly paved parking lot in front of the gym. It’s 93F, 78% humidity, and the parking lot is busy with cars of the gym patrons who are coming to exercise indoors.

“This weather is worse than Africa,” said my friend from Africa. “I feel like I’m going to die.”

13 thoughts on “Now I’ve Seen Everything”

  1. The only thing worse than it being hot is when a person expresses how hot it is in Fahrenheit. Earthlings should just pick a scale and that’s it.


      1. I’m the same way. I’m happy to use inches, feet, yards, miles, pounds, ounces, etc. but not Fahrenheit.


    1. “how hot it is in Fahrenheit”

      In my subjective experience, Fahrenheit is fine for describing temperature in NAmerica and Celsius is fine for describing temperature in Europe

      But I never believe the conversion charts because what there is no way at all that 20 degrees in Europe feels like 68 degrees in Fahrenheit…. just…. no….


      1. That’s actually true. I told my father the other day it was 83F and he converted it to Celsius and said it was wonderful weather. It felt completely miserable to me, though. So the conversion didn’t work.


        1. I do like that fahrenheit has more degrees but I can live with celsius… what I’ll never get used to is metric units of length…..
          A centimeter is just to small and the old English system seems much more related to the human body – an inch is about the length between the first and second knuckles… a foot is…..a bout a food, a yard is a long stride… going from too small centimeters to too long meters is still not psychologically real to me…


          1. I agree with you on the measurements of length and distance. When I get periodically asked how tall I am, it’s much simpler to just say “six foot, zero” than to say “one point eighty-three meters” or “one hundred and eighty-three centimeters.”

            “Meters” as a distance are too small for America’s vast, sprawling geography, where people often travel significantly greater distances than in Europe to reach commonly used locations, and also too small for American highway speed limits. It’s easy to remember that a mile equals about a minute of driving time on the open road here in the U.S.


            1. I constantly buy the wrong product because I don’t understand US measurements. The most recent was diminutive cedar planks for grilling.

              And people who suggest that I verify the sizes in centimeters don’t have enough going on in their lives if they think I have time for something like this.


          2. Having 12 inches to the foot also makes feet and inches easier to work with than metric units because 12 is divisible by 2, 3, 4 and 6 whereas 10 is only divisible by 2 and 5.


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