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    I noticed this on the IAAF web site.
    <Despite temperatures in the low 80s Fahrenheit, Barsosio came home first in the women's event and also set a new course record by clocking two hours, 34 minutes and 10 seconds.>
    What's next, feet and inches?

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    Re: Fahrenheit?

    >I noticed this on the IAAF web site.
    <Despite temperatures in the low 80s
    >Fahrenheit, Barsosio came home first in the women's event and also set a new
    >course record by clocking two hours, 34 minutes and 10 seconds.>
    What's next,
    >feet and inches?

    No matter what you think of fahrenheit, it is more descriptive in this case. A range of low thirties(30.1c to 34.9 c) is much less informative than low eighties(80.1F to 84.9F).

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      Re: Fahrenheit?

      No matter what you think of fahrenheit, it is more
      >descriptive in this case. A range of low thirties(30.1c to 34.9 c) is much less
      >informative than low eighties(80.1F to 84.9F).


      No matter how descriptive it may be, it means little to over 90% of the world's population, so its use on the IAAF web site isn't appropriate.
      Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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        Re: Fahrenheit?

        I'll bet they just cut 'n pasted a wire service report and didn't bother doing any conversions. A quick look on google news seems to show that most news outlets took a AP report verbatim, although some made the requisite metric conversions:

        http://www.canada.com/sports/story.html ... 96D8B46C8E
        (42.195km, 25 degrees C)

        http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f ... DT0083.DTL
        (26.2 miles, 77 degrees F)

        Both missed on the over accuracy in reporting second place as "4.98 seconds back". Is that a FAT result?

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