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  •  Then again, 98.6°F is no less likely than (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, ConfusedSkyes

    any other temperature in the general human body temperature range. It could be 96.9°F or 99.5°F and either of those would be rather unlikely too.

    However, you are right to question the common wisdom of "normal human body temperature is 98.6°F". Giving a number that precise, to a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit, really is misleading. Body temperature varies widely from that number, not only over the course of a day but between different parts of your body, and that's perfectly normal.

    The only reason that number is cited is because 98.6°F is equivalent to 37°C, which is the approximation of human body temperature used by the rest of the world. Giving a number rounded to the nearest degree Celsius is much more reasonable than a number rounded to the nearest tenth of a degree Fahrenheit.

    And the metric system is more reasonable than our American system of measurement overall. Just sayin'.

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    by AtomikNY on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 04:31:18 PM PST

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    •  Am I the only one (1+ / 0-)
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      that can't believe we're even having this conversation?

      If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

      by Oaktown Girl on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:18:05 PM PST

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