At the sound of the tone The time will be Six twenty four the temperature at the airport is seventy three degrees At the sound of the tone the time will be sunrise the temperature at the top of the world's tallest building is sixty two degrees At the sound of the tone the time will be midnight the temperature at the center of the earth's molten core has nothing to do with midnight At the sound of the tone the time will be wasted sitting at the airport at midnight the temperature seventy three degrees measured in units of boredom a metric derived by computing how long it takes to get bored staring at a liter of water at room temperature so one liter over unit time equals one unit boredom At the sound of the tone the time will be the time that you picked up the phone to call time and temperature with the temperature of the air in your ear canal, trapped against the speaker grille of the earpiece an exact measure of the operating temperature of the human metabolism the humidity a tropical 98%
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the time will be expressed as a function of temperature If a one meter diameter sphere of chemically pure beryllium is heated to four hundred degrees Celsius and lowered into a cubic meter of expeller pressed canola oil which is at a temperature of forty eight degrees Fahrenheit what then is the tone that sounds at the airport checkpoint? for an answer the man at the checkpoint rotates his wristwatch to expose the secret face so that he can set the bezel from Mean Time to Specific Heat with the big hand on beryllium and the small hand on canola oil the third hand moves retrograde in relation to the fourth hand, which points to an answer expressed in illegal units