Sunday, March 04, 2012

Belinda's theory of relativity

My theory is not at all related to Einstein's or time and space, but rather it has to do with the weather, more specifically the temperature.

When I lived in South Africa and it was going to be "mild" - that meant it was "cold" and I had to wear a warmer jacket: this was because I was used to the weather being "warm" or "hot" and so "mild" temperatures were colder than was I was used to. Thus in relation to my normal temperature, "mild" was in my head another synonym for "cold".

Now, in Bosnia, the temperatures in winter get down to "cold", "very cold", "freezing" and "I can't breathe...", so "mild" is now, in my head, a synonym for "warm", "put your short-sleeves on", "enjoy yourself outside while you can"!

An example of this: my mom and I are chatting on the phone a couple of years ago in April/May. She is complaining how cold it is, I am exclaiming how warm today has been... and so I ask her "what is the temperature there?" and she says "18"... and guess what! It was also 18 degrees Celsius here... Of course her 18 was coming after a lot of 25s and 28s, whereas mine was coming after 5,6s and 7s...  so it felt cold to her, and warm to me!

This all goes to proof my theory of relativity: Your concept of hot and cold is all relative!!

And now for my Finnish colleagues and friends: the rest of this post is for you: 

+15 C This is as warm as it gets in Finland, so we'll start here. People in Spain wear winter-coats and gloves. The Finns are out in the sun, getting
 a tan.

+10 C The French are trying in vain to start their central heating. The Finns plant flowers in their gardens.

+5 C Italian cars won't start, The Finns are cruising in cabriolets.

0 C Distilled water freezes. The water in Vantaa river (in Finland) gets a little thicker.

-5 C People in California almost freeze to death. The Finns have their final barbecue before winter.

-10 C The Brits start the heat in their houses. The Finns start using long sleeves

-20 C The Aussies flee from Mallorca. The Finns end their Midsummer celebrations. Autumn is here.

-30 C People in Greece die from the cold and disappear from the face of the earth. The Finns start drying their laundry indoors.

-40 C Paris starts cracking in the cold. The Finns stand in line at the hotdog stands.

-50 C Polar bears start evacuating the North Pole. The Finnish army postpones their winter survival training awaiting real winter weather.

-60 C Korvatunturi (the home for Santa Claus) freezes. The Finns rent a movie and stay indoors.

-70 C The false Santa moves south. The Finns get frustrated since they can't store their Kossu (Koskenkorva vodka) outdoors. The Finnish army goes out on winter survival training.

-183 C Microbes in food don't survive. The Finnish cows complain that the farmers' hands are cold.

-273 C ALL atom-based movent halts. The Finns start saying "Perkele, it's cold outside today."

-300 C Hell freezes over, Finland wins the Eurovision Song Contest.

1 comment:

Going Dutch said...

LIKE! Lol, this is so funny & so true! Love it! Keep writing, we love reading your blog posts =)

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