Associated Press Carelessness Reaches Boiling Point
from the forget-fact-checkers,-we-need-laugh-testers dept
Recently, we were all very proud when the Associated Press finally figured out how to use hyperlinks (sort of). But perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised that it took them so long to master such advanced technology, since it turns out they are still struggling with thermometers:
Northeast braces for temps near boiling point
NEW YORK (AP) — The extreme heat that's been roasting the eastern U.S. is only expected to get worse, and residents are bracing themselves for temperatures near and above boiling point. Weather service heat warnings and advisories have been issued Friday from Ohio to Maine.
The high temperatures and smothering humidity will force up the heat indexes. Boston's 99 degrees on Friday could feel like 105 degrees; Philadelphia's 102 degrees like 114 degrees and Washington, D.C.'s 103 degrees may seem the same as a melting 116 degrees.
I guess the AP never passed AP Chemistry, because as you've probably noticed, they have made a small conversion error. As it turns out, cheesesteaks are still the meltiest things in Philadelphia, and the Gulf of Maine has not turned into the world's biggest lobster bisque. In fact, here in Toronto we've been enduring similar temperatures for the past week, and the only damage is to our beer budgets.
(Since the AP is fond of making un-noted corrections, here's a screenshot)