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REVEALED: Your Overseas Friends Actually Don’t Care What The Temperature Is Where You Are

weather humourYour mates in London and New York couldn’t give two shits that it’s 36 degrees in Australia, it has emerged.

New research has revealed that smugly posting a screen shot about a weather event over which you have no control doesn’t make you a better person.

While your overseas friends may post encouraging comments like ‘SO Jealous!’ or ‘It’s so cold over here!!!’, experts say they are merely humouring you, as they would a small child.

David Thring from Balmain said he was surprised by the findings. “I honestly thought people were impressed by the fact that it’s summer where I live when it’s winter where they live”.

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7 comments on “REVEALED: Your Overseas Friends Actually Don’t Care What The Temperature Is Where You Are

  1. ben k
    January 14, 2014

    It must be summer in Melbourne – there is pineapple on a Whoppper. Just like the real tropics.

  2. Squirrel
    January 14, 2014

    That’s a good one, Shovel, and probably true for many recipients of such information. Am I guilty of such behaviour? Well, I don’t send screenshots of the temperatures though I did send one of a cyclone on one occasion. However, I find some people in the UK don’t even understand the Celsius temperatures and need them converted to Fahrenheit. They also cannot believe anyone can survive in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius and above – but thankfully we do! Meanwhile, they are happy to tell us how cold, wet and miserable the weather is over there so I guess it goes both ways.

  3. Ann Hansen
    January 14, 2014

    Hi Craig Thought you may enjoy this! I note Melbourne was 46C!! Love Mum

  4. psychlist
    January 14, 2014

    Sorry for the correction Squirrel, but we do use Celsius here in the UK, I do believe you are mistaking us for our counterparts in the USA, who indeed use Fahrenheit to record the temperature. Some of us have access to Saunas so have some idea of what the heat is like. Also a cyclone is much more interesting than a screenshot of a scorching temperature and I even did that myself on one occasion (although it was at sea). Here in the UK however it is cold, wet and miserable.

    • Squirrel
      January 15, 2014

      Thanks, psychlist. It is good to know that most of the people you know are happy with temperatures recorded in degrees Celsius. Unfortunately, many of my older friends and relatives in the UK still do not comprehend what a temperature is in degrees Celsius, so I have to convert the temperatures for them, whether that be in an email or over the phone. I was also amused to hear that in the last UK winter, my brother thought it was a hot day when it was a maximum of 18 degrees there. Yes, relating our temperatures to those in saunas would be pretty accurate. I’ll remember to use that comparison in future. Glad that you, too, find the screenshots of cyclones interesting. Hope the recent severe storms didn’t affect you.

  5. Kazza
    January 14, 2014

    Well we proberely don’t care most of the time what the weather is like over there, unless we are planning a trip to either country. Yeah I think it works both ways. For my sons first 8 months of his 2 year stay in UK, he continually complained of the drissel, and longed for sunshine, but then learnt to live with it, and I don’t think he mentioned the weather again, even when I would attempt to discuss it, during our weekly chats.

  6. Simone Casey
    January 14, 2014

    Oh pox on you and your lack of empathy. May it stay cold and miserable forever, don’t forget Winter is coming. If its about global awareness of climate change and or serious fucking fire threats that affect mass consciousness, let us talk about the weather on facebook, what else have we got left?

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