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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-02 14:13
Subject: When conversions go wrong
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From the BBC:
The Wollemi Pine can grow up to 130ft (39.6m) high in the wild, with a trunk diameter of more than 3ft (91cm) and can survive temperatures as low as minus 45C (133F).
Ah, I suspect that 133F is +45C

Edit: The article has now been updated to lose the embarrassment. However, the 39.6m is a rather silly conversion of the 130ft original, adding an unwarranted degree of precision to an originally rather round figure.
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Jos Dingjan
User: happydisciple
Date: 2006-12-02 14:56 (UTC)
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Nope, +45°C is 113°F (and -45°C is -49°F).

(on the subject of Wollemi Pines: there's one in Kew Gardens. A dangerous one, apparently. They keep it in a sturdy cage so that it cannot attack people.)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-02 16:28 (UTC)
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Ah, so not only did they not notice the '-', but they mistyped 113 as 133.

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User: oldbloke
Date: 2006-12-03 09:46 (UTC)
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People who do conversions rarely think about it much. Somewhere on t'net recently somebody wrote a recipe with stuff like "1.8oz". Dunno about you, but I've yet to see a set of oz weights that do decimal parts. Maybe electronic scales will, might check mine. But, you know, it was almost certainly 40gms, why not just say 40gms?
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