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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hokudai/Cast 71: Walking in the Heat

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Hokudai/Cast 71 deals with the heat of summer with words like 'humid,' 'hot,' and 'sweltering.' It also uses crows to make money. Make money? How? Listen and find out.
The crows are walking? 
In many parts of the southwest in the United States (Arizona, Texas, New Mexico) you will hear the phrase "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." This means that people think they don't mind the heat but the humidity is what makes them feel hot. For example:

If the temperature is 25 degrees but the humidity is 75% you will feel hotter than if the temperature were 25 degrees and the humidity were 5%. Sometimes during the summer in Japan the humidity can be 80 or 90% while the temperature might be 35 or 40 degrees. This is very hot and humid. People feel very tired and worn out. They don't want to walk anywhere. In the southwest in the US when you hear the phrase "It's not the heat, it's the humidity" check the humidity. Sometimes it is only 10% but the temperature is 50 degrees. In other words, it's not the humidity, it's the heat!

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