in reply to Re: Number of beverage containers currently on my desk
in thread Number of beverage containers currently on my desk

Don't know if it's true, but I once heard that when Farenheit "invented" his scale, he choose "a cold winter day" as 0 F and "his body temperatur while beeing ill" as 100 F. One might argue that the temperatur water freezes/boils is rather arbitrary, too, but at least you can reproduce it everywhere (give the same air pressure...)

-- #!/usr/bin/perl for(ref bless{},just'another'perl'hacker){s-:+-$"-g&&print$_.$/}

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•Re: Re: Re: Number of beverage containers currently on my desk
by merlyn (Sage) on Jul 19, 2002 at 15:45 UTC
    No, it was a little more direct than that. He chose "body temperature" as 100F (although he didn't measure it accurately, it appears), and the coldest mix of brine he could make (sea water heavily salted) as 0F.

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker