Cool trivia for a very hot day
In the grip of a sweltering heat wave, people are finding creative ways to cool off.
July 22nd, 2011
12:14 PM ET

Cool trivia for a very hot day

The heat wave that was smothering the Midwest has moved east and is coupling with a heaping dose of sticky humidity to produce a sauna-like effect along the Atlantic.

Whether you're on the East Coast or just feel bad for the East Coast, cool off with these heat-related stats and factoids, and check back for more throughout the day.

  • Today's forecast high for Augusta, Maine, is 97 degrees, 11 degrees higher than the forecast for Honolulu.
  • Between 2001 and 2010, the average number of fatalities due to extreme heat was 115. In summer 2010, the number was 138. Heat was the largest contributor to the country's 490 weather-related fatalities last year.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, you can still stay hydrated by drinking coffee - sort of. Contrary to popular belief, new research shows that caffeine's diuretic effects are potent only when it's consumed in large amounts. This means more than four to seven cups. Of course, water is your best bet.
  • When the Motown song "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave" was released in July  1963, temperatures in Detroit didn't top the low 90s. Wednesday, when the Midwest was bearing the brunt of the extreme heat, Detroit's high was 100 degrees.
  • According to NOAA, a car in the sun will heat up to 123 degrees in an hour when the outside temperature is just 80 degrees.
  • It really is rather "hot in Cleveland." Today's high there is 92, significantly hotter than Los Angeles' 76 degrees.
  • Washington's high of 103 degrees will feel like 117 with the humidity. In Calcutta, India, tomorrow's high of 87 degrees will feel like 100.
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  1. Queen

    *Facepalm*™

    I am so tired of this sh!t.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Noted Professor

    I am a noted reflexologist. I study reflexes. Usually I tap people on the knee with a little rubber hammer to see if their leg will bounce around some. If it bounces a little it means they are all healthy. It is kinda like feeling a dogs nose. If a dogs nose is cool to the touch and a little moist it means it might be either healthy or possibly unhealthy. I see my patients in my teeepeee office. how.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Noted Professor

    In the late 1800s the whiteman drove us from our native lands. There were no more buffalo to hunt. Our indian way of life was over. Many of our people left the United States and traveled by ship to a vast new world we named INDIA. There wer elephants and leopards and many strange creatures here. We worked hard and developed this great country and now even have indian cities named mumbai and dehli. Many of our peoples loved hoagies and submarine sandwiches. We all relocated to an area and named it dehli in honor of the stores that sell such wonderful fresh meats. While young, my parents pushed me into the field of reflexology. In our country reflexologist are much revered. We always get first choice when new elephants are born. Right now I have 12 fine elephant. Once a year we let our young indians, known as braves, race them around the town square. It is a sight to behold ! Yes us indians live a great life of much adventure amd merriment ! BEST WISHES TO ALL. . . . .

    July 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      What a pile of crap!!!!

      July 23, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Queen

    Philip, what in essence you are saying is that every single one of our elected officials are sleezebag profiteers, right?
    But then we knew that.
    Scams know no party lines.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Queen

    But enough about this.
    I'm grabbing a cold one and going into my pool.
    Hasta la toodles!

    July 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. scuba steve

    Please wear your swim trunks.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jc

    It's hot...
    http://www.e-forwards.com/2011/07/heat-wave-2011-its-so-hot/

    July 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nich

    Someone needs to fix the spam filter on this website.

    July 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Abby McGrath

    I'm noting that the Professor is nuts...

    I agree, Nich.
    It's getting a little annoying...
    Note to michaelfury...I'm going to come to your web site and post links to Cialis websites...

    July 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Queen

    @scuba steve:
    I'm female, but it doesn't matter....I've been known to go sans suit. It's my pool, so I can even tinkle in it if I wanted...which I don't!

    July 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. scuba steve

    gross. i bet you are from india.

    July 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Abby McGrath

    My jock itch is really acting up. Being a female i think it is strange. Maybe my female weeeiner is growing.

    July 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Terra

    If no one know about the nwo, read. Know the handwriting is on the wall pay attention people ! The world is being controled by those of the new world order. The hard working people are getting past poor and the rich are sitting in wait for the day when you will be new slaves. The microchips they want to embed under your skin to purchase food, access to your money and to track your every move is no joke. The government, the federal reserve and free masons are the moderon day slave masters.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. larryssparza

    I hope all the Basketball stars sitting in their AC enjoy watching some of the kids destroy their new Keds. http://bit.ly/pDGiRu

    July 23, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Hadgji Dot-Head Ragineeshi

    @ post #8 Rob, u are so stupid ! Thats why we own 45% of american convienent stores in the U.S. cause of stupid americans like u ..... We taking your jobs and country over and u dumb people just let us do it without a fight , u americans r so stupid and the u protect us from slanderous speech with your "theres nothing wrong with people from india speech" u r a very stupid person ROB! I need to put a red Dot on your forehead and the shoot u between the eyes with a bow and arrow . Thank you america for rolling out the red carpet for us to come in and take over "now we will eat and u americans will starve" i must go now and paint a RED DOT on my forehead ...............

    July 23, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
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