Cricket Meterology

Posted on Jan 5 2013 at 06:12:53 PM in History

Question: What is Dolbear's Law? Background: We at the Fanatical Pursuit of Trivia (FPT) love Dolbear's Law.  Written in 1897 Dolbear's Law is one of the greatest meteorological trivialities in the history of this or any other universe. So What's the Answer?

Dolbear's Law states that crickets chirp more quickly the warmer they are and, conversely, they chirp more slowly when they are cold.  While the science is not exact it works that the number of chirps in 14 seconds plus 40 will give you the current temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.  How trivial is that!!!!  We at FPT are impressed. 

We found a couple of pictures of Amos Dolbear online.  We have to say that he does look like he may have stayed up all night counting cricket chirps.  Apparently there wasn't much distraction from Mrs. Dolbear at night!

Help me!  I'm so bored I count cricket chirps!

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Created: Jan 5 2013 at 06:12:53 PM
Updated: Jan 5 2013 at 06:12:53 PM
Category: History
Language: English