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Celcius to Fahrenheit


"'ere Fred, how do you convert Centigrade to Fahrenheit?"

"Oh, it's easy, divide by 5, multiply by 9 and add 32."


And that's how you end up with stories like this one in today's Daily Telegraph which ends:

The Arctic region has risen in temperature by 39.2F (4C) over recent decades according to scientists.

No, I really don't think they said 39.2°F, I think they just said 4°C and you converted it. Wrongly.

Oh, and yes, I did use "Centigrade" deliberately at the top of this posting.

Tags: badscience, press Written 23/09/08

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On 08/11/08 at 8:16pm Paul wrote:

I noticed today that they've since deleted that paragraph so it looks like I wasn't the only person who picked up on this.

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