How come the heat kills in Europe, but not in the US?

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  1. Kickback

    Kickback Proud father Administrator Super Mod News Staff

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    CNN has an article (too lazy for link) talking about how English, French, and German officials are scrambling to prepare for another heat-wave catastrophe similar to 2003 when 15,000 French died and 2,000 British died because of the heat.

    What I don't understand is yesterday, it got to 37C or 98.6F in Britian, and one man was admitted to the hospital and another woman died.

    I'm sorry, but it's been over 100F here where I live for a whole bloody week and no one has died. So why is it that people die in the same heat elsewhere?
     
  2. MegaMoonMan

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    Because here in America, we can take the heat?
     
  3. Pimpimus Prime

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    Come on.. WWII showed us that France and England is full of wussies. I'm kidding... I'm guessing that air conditioning is not as popular over there as it is over here.
     
  4. RandomFerret

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    The cities there are much older, with cramped stone buildings and claustrophobic streets. There's no breeze to speak of, and the humidity is unbearable. Most parts of the States are dry and windy.
     
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    Yeah probably something with AC.
     
  6. Grimlock_13

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    The copius amounts of McDonalds we've eaten over the years had given us a built in lard barrier to withstand the heat. Mmmmm lard....
     
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    Air Con is not even close to widespread. And Randomferret is, once again, a voice of reason.
     
  8. Dirge121

    Dirge121 Eat the chikums

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    Perhaps because over here were used to the cold, I know I'm suffering in todays 93.2 F heat, damned Heat, bring on Autumn + Winter.
     
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    Because Europe is filled with nothing but old people?
     
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    we bathe...
     
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    Ha bloody ha ha. You Yanks are all just hilarious aren't you? There are thousands of us poor Europeans dying and you all think its a big laugh. Its not our fault we spend years getting accustomed to miserable conditions and then can't cope when we get a heatwave. How would you like it if somebody locked you in a freezer and just when you manage to handle that they throw you in an oven??
    At least we are not Russians I suppose. A couple of years ago there was a heatwave in Moscow and because this was such a novelty, thousands of them flocked down to the river to partake in their favourite pastime - drinking Vodka. Guess what happened next? Yep. 144 people drowned in two days, all of them drunk. We may be unable to handle the heat, but thats just stupid...
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, old buildings with little to no ventilation and the fact that everywhere you go in the US seems to have AC. Not where I work though, cause we have "conditioned air", meaning that whatever temp it is outside, it is 10 degrees coller inside. SO on thos blistering 110 degree days, we are a cool and comfortable 100 degrees. Makes me chilly just thinking about it.
     
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    The three or four little old ladies in tenement housing in Chicago that seem to die every heat wave would like a word with you.
     
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    I was watching the news in Philly and it was talking about howa lot of people are having problems with the heat and how they were measuring the temp inside people's homes and one guys was like 98 degrees
     
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    I guess you haven't been to Minnesota. We have no fall or spring. 8 months of winter, 4 months of summer.
     
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    sounds like my kinda place. I hate summer, but love winter.
     
  17. TSFC

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    Hey, up until this heatwave, we've had a pretty shitty summer. Overly rainy, nothing over 72 for a long time, and overcast 24/7.

    It sucks that we have to have blistering heat, but the sunny days make up for it in my book.

    Fuck winter in it's cold, snow white ass.
     
  18. Hakudoushi

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    You know what's sad about that? Its probably true...:rip 
     
  19. Omnibus Prime

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    Bwa?! That sounds fuckin' great!

    *moves to Seattle*

    Seriously, it's been over 100 for like 9 days straight..107 yesterday. And the AC in my car is broken. Fuck heat. Fuck the motherfucking sun. Give me cool and overcast/rainy 24/7/365!
     
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    Actually, I live in PA, not Seattle. If I did, I'd most likely hang myself due to the rain. Can't stand a rainy day.
     

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