I’ve been traveling in Canada the past couple of weeks, and have had to contend with converting to the metric system.

In my zeal to warm up my chilly hotel room, I misjudged the Celsius scale, and turned the room into a (pick one):



Circle of Hell

My ignorance apparently knows no limit in this regard, and if you were listening really carefully, you would have heard me mutter:  “What’s wrong with Fahrenheit?  Why can’t they just do it the way we do?”

Fortunately, common sense returned to my addled brain, and relying, once again, on the kindness of others, I finally was able to recall the little formula for converting Celsius to Fahrenheit:

Multiply the Celsius temperature by two, and then add 30.  (It’s not exact, but it’s close enough for my purposes.)

So, when my temperature gauge said 30 degrees Celsius, it was really 90 degrees (30 X 2 = 60 + 30 = 90).  No wonder it felt hot!

Realizing the error of my ways, I turned the heater off when I went to dinner, and then was able to re-establish a comfortable temperature of 19 degrees.

Remember this easy conversion formula:

Celsius X 2 + 30 = Fahrenheit

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