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No, we really are not joking. Our experience is that a remarkable number of, otherwise skilled, people are unable to use a thermometer. Indeed, we had so many problems in this respect that, in desperation on one occasion, we tested a group of supposedly experienced researchers. To our horror we discovered that, not only could almost none of them correctly read a max-min thermometer, but most of them were unable to read values accurately from a simple scale.

Although this was in no sense a random sample our concerns were confirmed more recently when we discovered that a key problem with one of our papers was that readers, including (to his embarrassment) one very senior scientist, were unable to interpret data presented using a log scale.

(Figure modified from Woelfl et al. (2003))