With a forecast high of 32 degrees today, it’s going to be hot as Hades outside. Scientifically speaking, of course.
Yea, science has done it again, and studied something I never thought I needed to know… but that I really, REALLY¸ did. A computer scientist has created a curse word-based temperature scale. And it’s amazing.
Basically, the scientist used over 5,000 tweets with the words “hot as (BLANK)” or “cold as (BLANK)” in them. And then, based on what curse words showed up most often at a certain temperature, the scale was created.
So, according to the scale:
- When it’s 32 degrees outside, it’s “Hot as Hades.”
- At 30 degrees, it’s “Hot as hell.”
- If it’s 29 degrees, it’s “Hot as balls.”
- 25 degrees is “Hot as heck.”
The scale also outlines what you should say when it’s cold out!
- If it’s only 8 degrees outside, it’s “Cold as hell” or “Cold as ice.”
- At plus 5 degrees outside, you can describe it as “Cold as my heart.”
- “Colder than heck” is when it’s minus 2 degrees.
- If the temperature drops to -21 degrees, it is officially “Colder than Mars.”
No, I didn’t make this up… and yes, there are people out there who have more time on their hands than I do. Like the scientist behind this hilarious temperature scale… which you can find by clicking here. (But, this is definitely Rated R, and is not appropriate for kids.)
So when you go outside and say “Wow… it’s hot as hell today!”… that’s actually an understatement. It’s going to be 32 degrees today, the humidex will make it feel like 38, so it will be “Hot as Hades.”
And just a reminder: today will be hot, and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit has a few tips to prevent heat illness:
- Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.
- Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric. Dress babies and young children very lightly and do not bundle them in blankets or heavy clothing.
- Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
- Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree shaded area, swimming facility or an air-conditioned spot such as a public building, shopping mall, grocery store, place of worship or public library.
- Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed.
- Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven.
- Block sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.
- Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella.
- Limit your physical activity.
- Be aware that children are unable to perspire as much as adults and are more prone to heat stress than adults.
- Ask your health care provider or pharmacist if the medications you are taking or any health condition you may have increase your health risk in the heat and follow their recommendations.
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