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Old 2008-09-14, 01:40   #45
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Was the title of this thread always "What Color is the Beer"? If so, how come nobody's mentioned it yet?
No, it's "How cold is the beer?"
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Old 2008-09-14, 04:47   #46
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No, it's "How cold is the beer?"
-40 degrees
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Old 2008-09-14, 05:46   #47
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-40 degrees
Q: So would that the Celsius or Fahrenheit?
A: Yes
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Old 2008-09-14, 08:52   #48
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Q: So would that the Celsius or Fahrenheit?
A: Yes
Drat.I hope I elicited minor facial muscle twitches in the smile complex. I looked online for related information I could pull up and/or work it into the thread topic and came up empty. This little snippet for a 14 minute film from the international environmental film and video festival was good enough for honorable mention:http://www.planetinfocus.org/films/-40-degrees-celsius
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It is -40 degrees and pitch dark in a small subarctic town. The phone rings. You bike to work up hill 9 km in temperatures where steel cracks.
It practically self invokes an announcer's voice.

Among my musings about beer I like that it has been connected to funding for quantum research and also independently connected with the inspiration for the bubble chamber. I toyed with composing a QCD variant of the beer/bear question but that was much more than a stretch for me.
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Old 2008-09-14, 13:50   #49
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Some pedants quibble about the use of "degree" in this context.
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Some pedants quibble about the use of "degree" in this context.
Yes, I can see that after thinking about it a bit. This is a bit like some mathematical jokes about obviousness. In this case (once one considers) it is obvious that degrees are a graduation of a scale -- and not mentioning a scale leaves nothing for it to be an interval within.

When I framed it, I was simply aware that the Kelvin scale doesn't use the word "degree." And I assured myself that I was avoiding that pitfall and further disambiguated it from Kelvin nomenclature by using the word "degree."

This is a nice explanation of Centigrade/Celsius/Kelvin. http://www2.bartleby.com/64/C004/016.html I was unaware of the semantic ambiguity of using the word Centigrade and I still think of that word before saying Celsius. I further like the explanation of why "degree" is not used with Kelvin. Prior to reading this, I felt it to be annoyingly pointless.
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Later, in the 1850s, with the widespread introduction of the metric system, Centigrade started to cause confusion. This is because many European languages have a word similar to grade as their word for degree. For example, German has Grad, Swedish has grad, and Spanish and Italian have grado. Thus, scientific communications developed an ambiguity. When speaking of a Centigrade, did one mean the temperature scale or 1/100 of some degree measure? In order to remove this confusion, scientists agreed in 1948 that the temperature unit degree Centigrade would henceforth be called degree Celsius and the symbol would be °C.
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Unfortunately, here also the word degree introduced complications as temperature measurements became finer. For example, the metric system dictates that 0.01 meter is equal to 1 centimeter. However, is 0.01 degree Kelvin equal to 1 centidegree Kelvin, or 1 degree centiKelvin? In order to remove this ambiguity, scientists agreed in 1967 that degree Kelvin would no longer be used to describe the fundamental temperature interval. The fundamental temperature interval would be called simply kelvin (with a lowercase k), and the symbol would be K without any degree symbol (°). The temperature interval in the Celsius scale, however, would retain the word degree, the capitalized C in Celsius, and the symbol °C.
Now looking this over it seems that I should be saying kelvin scale -- although I am not sure of that.
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That makes it a lot clearer

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Q: What's a polar bear?
A: A rectangular bear after a coordinate transform.
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Old 2008-11-08, 11:27   #53
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The answer is simple. The beer is frozen.
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Old 2008-11-09, 23:54   #54
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The answer is simple. The beer is frozen.
You may already know this, but some newcomers may not yet have discovered: Xyzzy, mersenneforum.org's administrator, likes to change thread titles, along with composing the headings that appear on the left between some userids and avatars (those being two of the perks of his laborious but unpaid position). This thread's original title was "What color is the bear?"

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Old 2008-11-10, 00:44   #55
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Thank you "CheeseHead". You are quite correct. I refer any newcomer to my response in item 44.

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The "Wurst" is behind us. I invite you to all come visit us here in New Braunfels, TX next year when "The Wurst will be even better".

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