December 2nd, 2006


When conversions go wrong

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.