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February 20, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Temperature indicator on sign

76019566_2a89f14b01Josh Santangelo submits a picture of a temperature indicator from Matt C's flickr photo stream:

Wow, Boston must really be suffering.


wow i never knew it even could be that cold

YAY first

Posted by: W()()T at February 20, 2006 12:12 AM

It's not the cold so much as the -8000% humidity

Posted by: abcdario at February 20, 2006 12:20 AM

I don't think it can outside of a Labatory LOL...

Ok I guess it can.. it was -129 degrees Fahrenheit in Antarctica in 1983 and -94 degrees in Siberia in 1892..

Posted by: infinity at February 20, 2006 12:26 AM

C-C-C-Can't t-t-t-type! f-f-f-fingers are t-tooo c-c-c-cold!....

Posted by: Timm at February 20, 2006 02:49 AM

Maybe grgrittttingng is in progrgress?

(PS your comment system is wrong - root@localhost.localdomain *is * a perfectly syntactically valid email address :-)

Posted by: foo at February 20, 2006 03:45 AM

_@_v - meh... july in minnesota...

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at February 20, 2006 03:57 AM

Too cold to work... Car frozen in place... Oh well, I guess I will have to stay at home today.

Posted by: Chaos at February 20, 2006 08:22 AM

Yeah, we had some wicked wind chill over the weekend.

Posted by: jbrandt at February 20, 2006 09:21 AM

This is clearly proof that all that whining scientists have been doing about global warming is really just a big lie.

Posted by: The Pondermatic at February 20, 2006 09:24 AM

That's not a temperature indicator. It's a directional sign for geometry students on a treasure hunt. It means, "Turn -99 degrees ahead (sharp left)." The bank is sponsoring the treasure hunt.

Posted by: Another Bob at February 20, 2006 10:14 AM

If it's that cold we're all in big trouble. Cause hell is about to freeze over!!!

Posted by: chillin at February 20, 2006 10:31 AM

Not Broken, 'cause that sign is from Boston, MARS!

Posted by: Orson Welles at February 20, 2006 12:03 PM

Since when is an electronic failure something that warrants getting on here? I thought this was about broken-by-design stuff.

Posted by: Loren Pechtel at February 20, 2006 03:07 PM

Is that in Centegrade or Farenheit? Maybe it is not a temperature, but a direction? Or location? -99 degrees South, right about the bottom of the world. Doubt you'd find a bank there though. Most likely they were rebooting the thermometer. Use a Mac next time!

Posted by: steve h at February 20, 2006 04:01 PM

You can't have negative degrees in the geometrical sense. Ask anyone who remembers any geometry, -99* does not exist. Just look at a compass, is east 90* and west -90*, no east is 90 and west is 270.

The thermometer is just broken.

Posted by: Elite Marksman at February 20, 2006 04:48 PM


Posted by: =David at February 20, 2006 07:49 PM

I once saw a sign that should have said 91°, but a couple of the lights in the 1 were burnt out, so it said 9!°, or 9 factorial, which is 362880°!

Posted by: ------ at February 20, 2006 08:30 PM

If the First Federal Savings Bank can't even keep track of the temperature how can they expect me to trust them to keep track of my money?

Posted by: artclam at February 20, 2006 10:58 PM

dogs were frozen to the fire hydrants ...

Posted by: lk at February 20, 2006 11:00 PM

Cold! Thats not cold Thats what we drink our beer at here in Australia allthough some problems with gettig fingers of the glass does occur occasionally

Posted by: allabestFROMoz at February 21, 2006 02:36 PM

Broken: trusting one of those bank signs for the temperature.

I have yet to see one that is even close!

Posted by: AnyKey at February 21, 2006 08:13 PM

If I put my tongue on the sign would it stick?

Posted by: Timm at February 22, 2006 01:22 AM

I remember a few years back it was -80 (with wind chill) here in Wisconsin. We were given the day off of school and couldn't even go enjoy it! How lame...

Posted by: ambrocked at February 22, 2006 12:13 PM

Steve, there is no such thing as -99° South. Two reasons: a.) There are no negative degrees used in latitude/longitude, and b.) The South Pole is at 90° South.

Posted by: Brian at February 24, 2006 10:59 AM

Of course there is no indication what scale is being used here...

Posted by: ukexpat at February 24, 2006 01:50 PM

it's so cold the sign is having a seizure :)

Posted by: FLCL at February 25, 2006 07:46 PM

Yeah, I wouldn't want to live there...that is, if I didn't know that the sign is obiously broken or something...maybe something hit a few of the wires that go to the lights...

Posted by: another guy named Alex B. at April 19, 2006 07:54 PM

Um, those that do remember geometry do remember that you CAN have negative angles. However, that is of no consequence.

Regardless of the actual lighting problem in the sign, the sign itself is ambigous in that it does not indicate what units of temp. it is measuring in. For all I know it could be in Kelvin...

Posted by: Norz at May 15, 2006 10:21 PM

That is nothin. i'v seen a sign say -127 and a coberns sign say 87 in january, in Minisota. and it was -14 outside

Posted by: edison at May 16, 2006 06:05 PM

On our school's electronic sign it once said "128 Degrees Ferenheit" when it was like December.

Posted by: Jesse at June 22, 2006 07:37 PM

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