11 October 2006
Or, in Celsius, 100.
Why Gabriel Fahrenheit set the boiling point of water to 212 degrees is not known for certain. I've always believed that one summer day in the 1720s he went outside for a moment, then dashed back inside and sputtered: "Gott in Himmel! It must be a hundred degrees out there!" Six months later it was colder than Prussian beer; he decided that this was zero, and from those two points he constructed the entire scale.
The 212th Carnival of the Vanities is decidedly less bogus than this story, and packed full of bloggy goodness besides.Posted at 2:12 PM to Blogorrhea