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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7300 on: March 11, 2015, 08:12:25 AM »
How is it very slightly bogus? And it's not even my pay scale. It's the federal government's.

Ha!  Still stuck in conflict mode, I see.

I meant the generic "you" not you in particular.   You, me, anyone with a biweekly check.  Your pay scale (our pay scales, any pay scales) are very slightly bogus because the annual dollar amount they claim to be paying you is based on a very long cycle of 26 pay periods in some years and 27 in others, and so they slightly underpay that amount in some years and slightly overpay in other years and you'd need to work many decades to have it all average out correctly with the leap years.

Hmm, I never knew why it was the case that I've never actually made what my Fed salary says I make in any given year!  Now I get it.  The bastards . . .

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7301 on: March 11, 2015, 08:37:14 AM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

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« Reply #7302 on: March 11, 2015, 09:06:46 AM »
Is it ok to refer to bi-sexual as semi-sexual?

After they are married for a few years -
both of these posts didn't get nearly enough love

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7303 on: March 11, 2015, 09:24:02 AM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

You've got it all wrong. The box is semi-black and semi-blue. No, I mean, it's bi-white and bi-gold!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7304 on: March 11, 2015, 09:32:40 AM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

You've got it all wrong. The box is semi-black and semi-blue. No, I mean, it's bi-white and bi-gold!

I thought I had all of this orange black box thing straitened out in my head.... Now you are telling me it is a semi black/bi orange with blue speckles, semi circle...  WTF...

How am I ever going to get this strait!!!

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« Reply #7305 on: March 11, 2015, 10:03:50 AM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

You've got it all wrong. The box is semi-black and semi-blue. No, I mean, it's bi-white and bi-gold!

I thought I had all of this orange black box thing straitened out in my head.... Now you are telling me it is a semi black/bi orange with blue speckles, semi circle...  WTF...

How am I ever going to get this strait!!!

Well you can start by fishing a semi black/bi orange box out of the Florida strait.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7306 on: March 11, 2015, 10:55:46 AM »
Is it ok to refer to bi-sexual as semi-sexual?

After they are married for a few years -
both of these posts didn't get nearly enough love

Thanks Grimm.

I gotta tip my cap to this one:

Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

This thread is giving me a semi.

Bigote was funny. Dragoncar was spit take funny.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7307 on: March 11, 2015, 11:03:27 AM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

You've got it all wrong. The box is semi-black and semi-blue. No, I mean, it's bi-white and bi-gold!

I thought I had all of this orange black box thing straitened out in my head.... Now you are telling me it is a semi black/bi orange with blue speckles, semi circle...  WTF...

How am I ever going to get this strait!!!

Well you can start by fishing a semi black/bi orange box out of the Florida strait.

Smart ass!  Serves me well for not paying attention to my grammar...  On that note... It would not be very mustachian for me to fish in the Florida strait, being from Canada :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7308 on: March 11, 2015, 11:09:09 AM »
Sigh... I am the one who started the paycheque madness/hilarity, I take responsibility.

My main gripe wasn't with the semi-monthy vs bi-weekly screwing someone once-every-whatever-the-fuck-you-guys-were-talking about-up-there due to tax purposes.

In my original post I said daily would be best! It is generally better to get paid for your services as quickly as possible after they are rendered. I'm standing by that god dammit!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7309 on: March 11, 2015, 11:36:19 AM »
Just went to a lunch and learn from the guys (all guys) who are responsible for my office's rrsp plan.  There was little actual discussion about rrsps other than it being a good idea, and that we should choose one of the risk level portfolios, and they'll take care of all the rebalancing etc.  Included in the talk was that they are a "premium" product, with "very active" managers who are "constantly moving" the portfolio composition.

They also showed how if you put the money in with them through work (i.e. pre-tax) that you end up with more money every pay than if you saved that same amount of money post-tax.  A whole $600 more over the course of a year.  Of course they didn't mention you would get that cash back anyways with your tax refund, and if you talked to HR they could adjust your withholding so you weren't giving the government a loan.  I was a good worker and didn't point this out.

I'm still going to sign up, because work does give a small amount of matching, and I might as well assume I'll still be here when it vests.  Plus I'm a sucker for Boursin cheese. 

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« Reply #7310 on: March 11, 2015, 12:52:39 PM »
Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

You mean we had a bi-page discussion about it?

If a plane had a bi-black box, would it be black and orange?

You've got it all wrong. The box is semi-black and semi-blue. No, I mean, it's bi-white and bi-gold!

I thought I had all of this orange black box thing straitened out in my head.... Now you are telling me it is a semi black/bi orange with blue speckles, semi circle...  WTF...

How am I ever going to get this strait!!!

Well you can start by fishing a semi black/bi orange box out of the Florida strait.

Smart ass!  Serves me well for not paying attention to my grammar...  On that note... It would not be very mustachian for me to fish in the Florida strait, being from Canada :)

Haha you can choose whichever strait is closest =P


Sigh... I am the one who started the paycheque madness/hilarity, I take responsibility.

My main gripe wasn't with the semi-monthy vs bi-weekly screwing someone once-every-whatever-the-fuck-you-guys-were-talking about-up-there due to tax purposes.

In my original post I said daily would be best! It is generally better to get paid for your services as quickly as possible after they are rendered. I'm standing by that god dammit!

Uh if you really want to do that, there's a fair chance that the overhead incurred in getting paid daily would eat into your salary.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7311 on: March 11, 2015, 01:55:24 PM »

Bigote was funny. Dragoncar was spit take funny.

Thanks, but I was going for jizz-in-your-pants funny.  I'll try harder

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7312 on: March 11, 2015, 02:18:30 PM »
Just went to a lunch and learn from the guys (all guys) who are responsible for my office's rrsp plan.  There was little actual discussion about rrsps other than it being a good idea, and that we should choose one of the risk level portfolios, and they'll take care of all the rebalancing etc.  Included in the talk was that they are a "premium" product, with "very active" managers who are "constantly moving" the portfolio composition.

They also showed how if you put the money in with them through work (i.e. pre-tax) that you end up with more money every pay than if you saved that same amount of money post-tax.  A whole $600 more over the course of a year.  Of course they didn't mention you would get that cash back anyways with your tax refund, and if you talked to HR they could adjust your withholding so you weren't giving the government a loan.  I was a good worker and didn't point this out.

I'm still going to sign up, because work does give a small amount of matching, and I might as well assume I'll still be here when it vests.  Plus I'm a sucker for Boursin cheese.

Wow, they're using my red flags as selling points!  I don't want active management, and I sure don't want churn from all those 'rebalancing' transaction fees to eat up my returns.

I have a DCPP at work. It's got lowish fees, but the options are pretty poor for funds. Lots of actively managed, high MER junk.  I'd just as soon have the pension adjustment gone so I could cram more into my self-directed RRSP (which is accessible if I retire early, unlike the DCPP), but I'd then miss out on $400/mo of free money.

I just take up to the max match in the pension, then put the rest into RRSP/TFSA.  It does kind of burn me up that over half of my (current) retirement savings will not be accessible until age 55. :(

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7313 on: March 11, 2015, 02:32:39 PM »

Bigote was funny. Dragoncar was spit take funny.

Thanks, but I was going for jizz-in-your-pants funny.  I'll try harder

It's got to be harder than semi for that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7314 on: March 11, 2015, 07:20:30 PM »
Well you can start by fishing a semi black/bi orange box out of the Florida strait.
Smart ass!  Serves me well for not paying attention to my grammar...  On that note... It would not be very mustachian for me to fish in the Florida strait, being from Canada :)

I don't see what Bering that has on the discussion.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7315 on: March 11, 2015, 09:32:21 PM »
I am on a biweekly pay schedule, my wife is on a bimonthly. 


You mean semi monthly. Bimonthly would mean your wife gets paid once every two months ;)

It means both, we have had this discussion once before ;)

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/does-bimonthly-mean-twice-a-month-or-every-two-months

I think we had that discussion in this thread.  I still think it's stupid.  I think it's especially confusing when the bi prefix is used to mean every 2 periods, and also twice per period, within the same sentence.

Colloquially, they are identical. Semantically, semi means half, bi means 2, so they aren't. Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

As a matter of interest, why don't Americans use fortnight to describe a two week period like civilised people should?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7316 on: March 11, 2015, 09:38:55 PM »
I am on a biweekly pay schedule, my wife is on a bimonthly. 


You mean semi monthly. Bimonthly would mean your wife gets paid once every two months ;)

It means both, we have had this discussion once before ;)

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/does-bimonthly-mean-twice-a-month-or-every-two-months

I think we had that discussion in this thread.  I still think it's stupid.  I think it's especially confusing when the bi prefix is used to mean every 2 periods, and also twice per period, within the same sentence.

Colloquially, they are identical. Semantically, semi means half, bi means 2, so they aren't. Again, like you nacho said, this has been discussed at length (2+ pages) in this thread.

As a matter of interest, why don't Americans use fortnight to describe a two week period like civilised people should?

Because Americans are civilized, not civilised.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7317 on: March 11, 2015, 09:40:56 PM »
Well you can start by fishing a semi black/bi orange box out of the Florida strait.
Smart ass!  Serves me well for not paying attention to my grammar...  On that note... It would not be very mustachian for me to fish in the Florida strait, being from Canada :)

I don't see what Bering that has on the discussion.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7318 on: March 11, 2015, 09:42:11 PM »
As a matter of interest, why don't Americans use fortnight to describe a two week period like civilised people should?


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7319 on: March 12, 2015, 04:22:13 AM »
^^^^^^^

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Because Americans are civilized, not civilised.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7320 on: March 12, 2015, 04:44:05 AM »
Americanization...? 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7321 on: March 12, 2015, 05:33:30 AM »
Man, I stepped away from this thread for a little bit, and now there are 3 pages (!) of new... oh... never mind, nothing to see here.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7322 on: March 12, 2015, 08:04:29 AM »
As a matter of interest, why don't Americans use fortnight to describe a two week period like civilised people should?



LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7323 on: March 12, 2015, 09:51:27 AM »
^HAHAHAHAHAHA AWESOME

Though, for the record, fortnight would be insanely useful if it didn't feel so old-timey. Might have to implement it in 50 years when I become that crazy old man who sits on his front porch yelling at neighbor kids.

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« Reply #7324 on: March 12, 2015, 06:24:17 PM »
I might have to start using fortnight, it's been dead long enough that it might be cool to revive it :P
Also need to start using score for 20.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7325 on: March 12, 2015, 09:30:20 PM »
Actually, with TV now being more global, I have noticed Americans using more English words, or, at least, knowing what they mean.  I blame Dr Who.

Some 20 years ago in Japan I pursuaded an american friend that "wanker" meant "friend".  He introduced himself to someone quite important (who definitely knew the correct meaning" by saying "Hello, wanker"...






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« Reply #7326 on: March 12, 2015, 09:48:21 PM »
Some 20 years ago in Japan I pursuaded an american friend that "wanker" meant "friend".  He introduced himself to someone quite important (who definitely knew the correct meaning" by saying "Hello, wanker"...

LOL.

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« Reply #7327 on: March 13, 2015, 02:32:55 AM »
A common chant at Aussie stadiums is the picking on an opposition player and repeating "You are a wanker" again and again.

There was a story of a 7 year old kid, upon hearing this, asking his father "Dad, what's a wanker?"

The father looked a little embarrassed and not knowing what to say ummed and ahhed a bit, searching for the right answer.

A big burly Scotsman sitting behind them overhead the conversation and saved the day. "Laddie, a wanker is a man who enjoys his own company".

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« Reply #7328 on: March 13, 2015, 02:51:27 AM »
A common chant at Aussie stadiums is the picking on an opposition player and repeating "You are a wanker" again and again.

There was a story of a 7 year old kid, upon hearing this, asking his father "Dad, what's a wanker?"

The father looked a little embarrassed and not knowing what to say ummed and ahhed a bit, searching for the right answer.

A big burly Scotsman sitting behind them overhead the conversation and saved the day. "Laddie, a wanker is a man who enjoys his own company".

Ha!

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« Reply #7329 on: March 13, 2015, 05:39:58 AM »
Actually, with TV now being more global, I have noticed Americans using more English words, or, at least, knowing what they mean.  I blame Dr Who.

Some 20 years ago in Japan I pursuaded an american friend that "wanker" meant "friend".  He introduced himself to someone quite important (who definitely knew the correct meaning" by saying "Hello, wanker"...

This reminds me of when I was a kid, and my older sister convinced me that "hump" was another word for "jump," and so I sang a song (Pink Pajamas) in a talent show, inserting hump for jump.  "And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall, I hump right in between the sheets..."  I thought everyone was laughing at me because I was so cute and such a good singer, until my parents pulled me aside and explained it to me.  Yeah, I still owe my sister for that one.

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« Reply #7330 on: March 13, 2015, 05:46:07 AM »
Actually, with TV now being more global, I have noticed Americans using more English words, or, at least, knowing what they mean.  I blame Dr Who.

Some 20 years ago in Japan I pursuaded an american friend that "wanker" meant "friend".  He introduced himself to someone quite important (who definitely knew the correct meaning" by saying "Hello, wanker"...

This reminds me of when I was a kid, and my older sister convinced me that "hump" was another word for "jump," and so I sang a song (Pink Pajamas) in a talent show, inserting hump for jump.  "And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall, I hump right in between the sheets..."  I thought everyone was laughing at me because I was so cute and such a good singer, until my parents pulled me aside and explained it to me.  Yeah, I still owe my sister for that one.

One of my friend's older sisters told said friend that she was an accident. My friend being seven or so at the time, didn't know what this really meant, but knew that it was fun to say. So she ran around the house yelling "I'm an accident!" while they had family guests over.
My friend said she got the worst spanking ever that night. I don't actually think they explained what that meant though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7331 on: March 13, 2015, 08:54:07 AM »
I might have to start using fortnight, it's been dead long enough that it might be cool to revive it :P
Also need to start using score for 20.

Shortly after I moved to the US from the UK, an American asked me tetchily why we needed a word that meant two weeks. I should have asked her why Americans bother with a word that means two pints.

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« Reply #7332 on: March 13, 2015, 10:21:27 AM »
I might have to start using fortnight, it's been dead long enough that it might be cool to revive it :P
Also need to start using score for 20.

Shortly after I moved to the US from the UK, an American asked me tetchily why we needed a word that meant two weeks. I should have asked her why Americans bother with a word that means two pints.
Why is there a word for 2 anyway?
You can say any number with zero and one.

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« Reply #7333 on: March 13, 2015, 10:26:18 AM »
I might have to start using fortnight, it's been dead long enough that it might be cool to revive it :P
Also need to start using score for 20.

Shortly after I moved to the US from the UK, an American asked me tetchily why we needed a word that meant two weeks. I should have asked her why Americans bother with a word that means two pints.

Wait, Britons don't use "quart"? Mind blown.

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« Reply #7334 on: March 13, 2015, 11:25:24 AM »
I might have to start using fortnight, it's been dead long enough that it might be cool to revive it :P
Also need to start using score for 20.

Shortly after I moved to the US from the UK, an American asked me tetchily why we needed a word that meant two weeks. I should have asked her why Americans bother with a word that means two pints.

Wait, Britons don't use "quart"? Mind blown.

But why do they bother with a word that means two cups??

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« Reply #7335 on: March 13, 2015, 12:09:50 PM »
I might have to start using fortnight, it's been dead long enough that it might be cool to revive it :P
Also need to start using score for 20.

Shortly after I moved to the US from the UK, an American asked me tetchily why we needed a word that meant two weeks. I should have asked her why Americans bother with a word that means two pints.

Wait, Britons don't use "quart"? Mind blown.

But why do they bother with a word that means two cups??

Because everything in the UK revolves around pints.

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« Reply #7336 on: March 13, 2015, 12:18:52 PM »
I might have to start using fortnight, it's been dead long enough that it might be cool to revive it :P
Also need to start using score for 20.

Shortly after I moved to the US from the UK, an American asked me tetchily why we needed a word that meant two weeks. I should have asked her why Americans bother with a word that means two pints.

Because Americans seldom use the word 'pint'. It is more common in school to learn a quart as 4 cups rather than 2 pints. We may have covered 'pint', but it more common to use cups/quarts/gallons rather than pints and liters.

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« Reply #7337 on: March 13, 2015, 12:53:48 PM »
Because Americans seldom use the word 'pint'. It is more common in school to learn a quart as 4 cups rather than 2 pints. We may have covered 'pint', but it more common to use cups/quarts/gallons rather than pints and liters.

Unless you are in a proper pub >:D

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« Reply #7338 on: March 13, 2015, 01:08:07 PM »

But why do they bother with a word that means two cups??

I think their pints are more than two cups.  They're bigger than our pints, anyway.  They have bigger gallons, too.  Then they brag about superior mpg in their motorcycles!


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7339 on: March 13, 2015, 01:15:09 PM »
Don't get me started on Fahrenheit! What is room temperature in the US? Don't give me any wild numbers above 50!

Why do we need Fahrenheit?!?
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« Reply #7340 on: March 13, 2015, 01:21:01 PM »
Why do we need Fahrenheit?!?

Because "Fahrenheit 451" sounds cooler than "Celsius 232.778"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7341 on: March 13, 2015, 01:28:39 PM »

But why do they bother with a word that means two cups??

I think their pints are more than two cups.  They're bigger than our pints, anyway.  They have bigger gallons, too.  Then they brag about superior mpg in their motorcycles!

Yeah, it truly depends. I know of a few bars that will serve 15 oz mugs (2 cups should be 16 oz), but it is truly difficult to catch this. To my knowledge, none of them did advertise it as being a "pint," so there's that. Of course, I could just show up to the bar with a graduated cylinder next time.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7342 on: March 13, 2015, 01:30:53 PM »
Don't get me started on Fahrenheit! What is room temperature in the US? Don't give me any wild numbers above 50!

Why do we need Fahrenheit?!?


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« Reply #7343 on: March 13, 2015, 01:47:52 PM »
Don't get me started on Fahrenheit! What is room temperature in the US? Don't give me any wild numbers above 50!

Why do we need Fahrenheit?!?



Ha!! That is awesome. Also, I feel a crazy sense of glee when I bike @ -40...because you don't need to specify F or C.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7344 on: March 13, 2015, 02:00:28 PM »
Don't get me started on Fahrenheit! What is room temperature in the US? Don't give me any wild numbers above 50!

Why do we need Fahrenheit?!?



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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7345 on: March 13, 2015, 02:15:00 PM »
Don't get me started on Fahrenheit! What is room temperature in the US? Don't give me any wild numbers above 50!

Why do we need Fahrenheit?!?

Because the calibration is finer, so you can understand the actual temperature better. I mean WTF 30 should not be that much hotter than 20, that's just wrong. There need to be more gradations in between. Also because "below zero" should mean "seriously effing cold," not just "cold enough for water to freeze."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7346 on: March 13, 2015, 02:24:05 PM »
Don't get me started on Fahrenheit! What is room temperature in the US? Don't give me any wild numbers above 50!

Why do we need Fahrenheit?!?

Because the calibration is finer, so you can understand the actual temperature better. I mean WTF 30 should not be that much hotter than 20, that's just wrong. There need to be more gradations in between. Also because "below zero" should mean "seriously effing cold," not just "cold enough for water to freeze."

I think the gradations in between are "21," "22," "23," etc.  ;)

There's an infinite amount of gradations in between with decimals.

The problem isn't the gradations, but being familiar with what they mean.

For example, I could start a temperature system where 0.32 is where water freezes and 2.12 is where it boils.  There's not a ton of gradation in whole numbers between 2.12 and 0.32... yet you can instantly understand what temperatures are comfortable (for example, it's a pleasant 0.75 where I am right now).

Once you're familiar with a system it's not a problem.

I mean, why have a 0-100 gradation?  Why not 0-1000?  That will allow even more gradation and precision.

It's just getting familiar with whatever the system is.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7347 on: March 13, 2015, 02:27:03 PM »
(Not sure this was sarcasm or not)

Don't get me started on Fahrenheit! What is room temperature in the US? Don't give me any wild numbers above 50!

Why do we need Fahrenheit?!?

Because the calibration is finer, so you can understand the actual temperature better. I mean WTF 30 should not be that much hotter than 20, that's just wrong. There need to be more gradations in between. Also because "below zero" should mean "seriously effing cold," not just "cold enough for water to freeze."

I agree with this... except that your examples are all just arbitrary. Why should't 30 be that much hotter than 20? You can turn it around and use it in the other direction just as easily. And we have decimal points for the fine calibration.

Now, the big thing that annoys me about Fahrenheit is that they basically made it up by sticking a thermometer in a bucket of ice and saying "This is really cold, this is 0" and then stuck a thermometer in a bucket of water on a fire and said "this is really hot, this is 100" and then filled everything in from there on that scale. Why not just do double centigrade? Have freezing water be 0 and boiling water be 200? That would have given the same effect as your pro-Fahrenheit arguments. Except even moreso.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7348 on: March 13, 2015, 03:05:38 PM »
(Not sure this was sarcasm or not)

Don't get me started on Fahrenheit! What is room temperature in the US? Don't give me any wild numbers above 50!

Why do we need Fahrenheit?!?

Because the calibration is finer, so you can understand the actual temperature better. I mean WTF 30 should not be that much hotter than 20, that's just wrong. There need to be more gradations in between. Also because "below zero" should mean "seriously effing cold," not just "cold enough for water to freeze."

I agree with this... except that your examples are all just arbitrary. Why should't 30 be that much hotter than 20? You can turn it around and use it in the other direction just as easily. And we have decimal points for the fine calibration.

Now, the big thing that annoys me about Fahrenheit is that they basically made it up by sticking a thermometer in a bucket of ice and saying "This is really cold, this is 0" and then stuck a thermometer in a bucket of water on a fire and said "this is really hot, this is 100" and then filled everything in from there on that scale. Why not just do double centigrade? Have freezing water be 0 and boiling water be 200? That would have given the same effect as your pro-Fahrenheit arguments. Except even moreso.
Neither Celsius nor Fahrenheit were arbitrary.

0* C is the freezing temp of water and 100* C is the boiling point.

0* F is the freezing temp of salt water and 100* is (close to) human body temperature.

The only difference is that different fixed points were chosen to set the scale, it's all just gradations between (and above and below) those fixed points.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7349 on: March 13, 2015, 03:17:13 PM »
(Not sure this was sarcasm or not)

Don't get me started on Fahrenheit! What is room temperature in the US? Don't give me any wild numbers above 50!

Why do we need Fahrenheit?!?

Because the calibration is finer, so you can understand the actual temperature better. I mean WTF 30 should not be that much hotter than 20, that's just wrong. There need to be more gradations in between. Also because "below zero" should mean "seriously effing cold," not just "cold enough for water to freeze."

I agree with this... except that your examples are all just arbitrary. Why should't 30 be that much hotter than 20? You can turn it around and use it in the other direction just as easily. And we have decimal points for the fine calibration.

Now, the big thing that annoys me about Fahrenheit is that they basically made it up by sticking a thermometer in a bucket of ice and saying "This is really cold, this is 0" and then stuck a thermometer in a bucket of water on a fire and said "this is really hot, this is 100" and then filled everything in from there on that scale. Why not just do double centigrade? Have freezing water be 0 and boiling water be 200? That would have given the same effect as your pro-Fahrenheit arguments. Except even moreso.
Neither Celsius nor Fahrenheit were arbitrary.

0* C is the freezing temp of water and 100* C is the boiling point.

0* F is the freezing temp of salt water and 100* is (close to) human body temperature.

The only difference is that different fixed points were chosen to set the scale, it's all just gradations between (and above and below) those fixed points.

In case anyone was wondering how Fahrenheit became used when Celcius makes more sense (at least to me, and nearly every scientist and doctor that I have asked), it is because it pre-dated Celsius, and likely was revolutionary at the time.