Jul 23, 2015

Here Comes the Sun

      Do you know the song Here Comes the Sun? Or The Sun Is Shining? Or Let the Sunshine In? How about I'm Walking on Sunshine? Or Sunshine Reggae? I sure do. And at the moment, I fucking hate them all. Why? Because lately I can't eat, I can't sleep, I can't think and I definitely can't fuck properly. Why? Because it's been frigging HOT, since, if you haven't noticed, we're having a bit of a heat wave.
     I have no intention of stating the obvious and blabber on about how dangerous the heat can be or that you should stay hydrated because like Jonas Žnidaršič, a Slovene actor as well as a tv and radio host, put it wisely: "Please, stop with the heat wave warnings. If people don't know to stay inside and to drink plenty of water, their death isn't a tragedy, it's natural selection." So instead I found some interesting (or at least they're interesting to me) facts about temperatures and sun and the jolly lot. Here they are:

  • Dallol, Ethiopia is the hottest inhabited place on our planet, with an average annual temperature of 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 57.8 degrees Celsius (136 degrees Fahrenheit) at Al’Aziziyah in Libya in 1922.
  • Sure, we may think the Earth is hot, but comparing to some of its other siblings, it actually isn’t. Mercury has an average temperature of 167 degrees Celsius (332 degrees Fahrenheit), peaking at 427 degrees Celsius (801 degrees Fahrenheit). I’d say, a seven gazillion SPF sunscreen is a must.
  • But the spite being the closest to the Sun, Mercury isn’t the hottest planet in our solar system, it’s Venus with the average temperature of 462 degrees Celsius (864 degrees Fahrenheit), peaking at balmy lead-melting 467 degrees Celsius (872 degrees Fahrenheit). I'd say burnt to a crisp  sums it up about right.
  • But the real star of the show at the centre of our solar system is definitely the Sun. Containing 99.86% of the mass in the Solar System, moving at 220 kilometres per second and with a surface temperature of about 5500 degrees Celsius (9941 degrees Fahrenheit) it sure is the boss bitch of our humble corner of the universe.
  • But let's focus on something far cooler that the scorching Sun — us. The normal human body temperature of a healthy adult is 36.8 degrees Celsius. Any increase in bodily temperature above 40C is dangerous. At 43 degrees Celsius, irreversible brain damage occurs and death quickly follows. 
  • Heat waves kill more Americans than other natural disasters such as floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes. In July 1995, Chicago, Illinois experienced a heat wave that caused over 700 deaths.
  • The 2003 European heat wave led to the hottest summer on record in Europe since at least 1540 with a total death toll of over 70,000. The temperatures peaked in Amareleja, Portugal, at 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • In June 2015, in other words last month, over 1,200 people died in Pakistan heat wave with its highest temperature of 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Again, in June 2015, over 2,300 people died of heat in India, where the temperature rose to 45.5 degrees Celsius (113.9 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • But to round things off on a brighter, cooler note: "As cool as a cucumber" isn't just a cutesy little simile, since the inside of a cucumber can be as much as 11 degrees Celsius (20 degrees Fahrenheit) cooler than the outside temperature.

     Although the above facts are fun or 'fun', I think there's nothing sexy in posting pictures of Venus and Mars or dead bodies of heat wave's collateral damage, I'm just showing you how we (try to) keep cool while (trying to) fight the heat at Peet's residence. I hope you enjoy the pictures, I know all three of us really enjoy their content.
      See you next time!

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