Friday, August 7, 2009

Conversion disorder

One last China anecdote. I had a really funny high-altitude conversation with my driver at Binglingsi, when I was explaining the difficulty of mentally converting from English to metric or Celsius to Fahrenheit when you're used to thinking in one or the other. I said "You know, today's temperature is about 30 degrees C, you'd have a hard time thinking of it as 85 degrees F. And the temperature of boiling water..." He broke in "Yeah! 92 degrees."

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