Have you ever wondered just how hot it has to be outside for someone to say it’s “hot as balls?”
One very curious man did.
Over the past year Jim Webb, a web developer in Washington D.C., developed a project to analyze tweets that correlated language and temperatures. Every time someone used a temperature phrase in a tweet, like “cold as fuck,” Webb geo-located the tweet and nabbed the real-time temperature.
He collected about 5,400 of these tweets from August 2017 to January 2018, cataloging often-repeated, colorful phrases. Matching each tweet to its user’s temperature led to quite a range when he found the median temperature for each expression: from “colder than mars” (minus-7 degrees Fahrenheit) to “hot as dick” (92 degrees). Read more…