Celsius is great for science. 0 freezing, 100 boiling – perfectly logical.
Fahrenheit is just bonkers. Totally screwball with no logic behind it whatsoever.
But the problem with Celsius (we’ll disregard Fahrenheit due to irrelevance) is that Celsius has only one immediately human identifiable anchoring: 0 degrees freezing. At 100°, the boiling point of pure water at sea level—yeah, great. Not exactly relatable (not really). How warm is the human body? 37 degrees. Hmm, 37, not a number that sits well in our minds. Instead…
How about a human relatable scale:
- 0 = freezing point of water.
- 100 = human body temperature.
Here’s how such a scale would compare to Celsius…
0 is 0. That’s easy. We are frozen solid at 0 Centigrade as well as 0 BodyScale.
But at 100° BodyScale, we’re exactly where we need to be (37°C).
Now, based on 0-100° degrees BS we have a natural range we can understand.
At 50° BS, we’re pretty comfortable — half way from body temp to freezing.
At -50° BS, that’s damn cold (-19°C), and that’s about our limit.
At 150° BS, that’s about our top limit, frickin’ hot. Hot to the touch; sauna hot. But still, if you were outside, walkin’ around, drinking lots of fluids, 150° BS is tolerable. See how this is working?
Zero BS to 100° BS is our natural range. It makes sense to us in our ten-fingered numerical system within our human condition. Additionally, -50° BS to 150° BS would be our natural range extent. Again, logical extensions of our 0-100 range.
Celsius has two numbers which make human sense, 0 & 100. One is relatable, the other is “touch and suffer.”
We humans like relatable numbers. That’s why the metric system is so hard to take. (See: https://anonymole.com/2015/08/18/the-problem-with-the-metric-system/ )
A weatherman, lying about tomorrow’s sunny day, who used BodyScale as their temperature gauge would make perfect sense.
“Tonight’s overnight temperature will be 60° BS and 85° BS by tomorrow afternoon—a nice day, so go have fun!”
And medically, using such a scale would also make sense.
- 104° BodyScale, a bit of a fever.
- At 95° BS, you’re suffering from hypothermia!
- 100° – spot on, mate.
Even that 100° C seems misleading, “100°C? Yeah, OK”.
But at 270° BS. 270°! Shit, that sounds hot! And it is. Hot enough to boil water…
(Oh, and the “BS” initialism is an ironic coincidence…)