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Uppsala Calling

Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#37028
Fun:*** (2.65)
Difficulty:*** (2.33)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:phrebh*us****

 

 

 



While on vacation in Sweden, Fred happened to run into "Cut-my-own-throat" Dabney while contemplating a portrait of Anders Celsius, the inventor of the temperature scale that bears his name.

Dabney said, "Fancy meeting you here! Hey, I see you're a fan of good old Anders! Seeing as how we go way back, I thought I'd give you a chance to own a piece of history that I happened to chance upon recently."

So saying, Dabney pulled out a sealed glass tube that was attached to a thin board. The board had some writing on it, and Fred could see that it was the standard centigrade scale, common to most of the world. The whole thing looked very old, and the script of the numbers seemed about 300 years out of date.

Not exactly thrilled to see this mendicant, Fred asked, "Really? Why would I be interested in that?"

"Because, me old chum," replied the slickster, "this mock-up of a Celsius thermometer was done by Anders himself. I'm willing to part with it for a mere five grand, and that's..."

"Yeah, I know, 'cutting your own throat'." Fred finished. "Listen, I don't have time for your rubbish, but I would gladly make the time to turn you in to the authorities for forgery."

How did Fred know it was a fake?




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Comments

mary24601Aus*
Jun 22, 2007

Good Teaser.
drussel3*us*
Jun 22, 2007

Good teaser, I learned something.
lmurray*cn*
Jun 24, 2007

I DIDN'T KNOW THAT. THANK YOU.

GOOD JOB!
liser*us*
Jun 26, 2007

Love the story. Had no idea however, what the answer was.
JOONAus**
Jun 30, 2007

It's like who do u thing we are? Einsteins? Was there a clue in there? I sincerely would like to start playing these to learn stuff but is there a secret to solving them, other than looking it up on google?
Sorry to butt in. Sort of a newbit. i do the Logic-grids.
thanks, JOON
JOONAus**
Jun 30, 2007

correction sp: newbie
SPUTNIK2Aus*
Jul 17, 2007

very nice and a lot of fun
WildCardAl
Oct 08, 2007

A clue would have been nice !!!
I'd like to shake the hand of anyone who gets this correct !!
here2A*
Sep 18, 2008

So, I'm guessing that the phrase, "standard centigrade scale," was supposed to let me know where 0 and 100 were. A clue about the number at the top and or bottom would have given me a chance. Thanks for the quiz though. I learned something.



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