Skip to comments.At least 50 scalded in the US after trying boiling-to-frozen water trick (article and video)
Posted on 01/10/2014 12:19:39 AM PST by beaversmom
A trick where boiling water is thrown in the air to instantly turn into snow in the bitingly cold US weather became a viral hit this week, as metereologists and TV reporters illustrated just how freezing it is in the polar vortex.
But now it seems Americans are feeling the backlash of the stunt after trying it themselves in the -30 degree weather.
The LA Times found that at least 50 people on social media complained that they or their friends were scalded by hot water on Monday and Tuesday. Others have posted photos of their injuries on Instagram, and some have even mentioned visits to Accident and Emergency to receive treatment for their burns. St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri said on Tuesday it had treated two children for burns after trying the trick.
One person tweeted: I just threw a pot of boiling water into the air to see if it would freeze and all I did was burn myself #Floridaproblems.
Another wrote: So my brother decides to be cool and throw boiling water in the air and watch it freeze and ends up in the hospital with a 3rd degree burn.
And they werent alone, with another saying: While attempting to freeze boiling water, I managed to burn myself with the water instead of it freezing #fail
Some said the boiling water had blown back on to them in the wind.
Kirsty Pembleton from Oaktown tweeted a picture of a sore looking burn on her hand, adding: So we tried to do one of those boiling water videos we have seen all day and we ended up at the ER.
Matt Pearce, the reporter from the LA Times who collated the tweets, said: I think weve all learned a very important lesson today.
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Would need a lot of water to earn a full Darwin, but Honorable Mentions to the injured.
I just threw a pot of boiling water into the air to see if it would freeze and all I did was burn myself #Floridaproblems
Um....I think this may have been a joke....??
Pardon my "french", but I learned quite early that you "don't piss into the wind!"
Don’t worry. ObamaCare covers this...
How silly people are! My daughter did the bubble thing, I guess that went OK.
To try this in Florida is just dumb, I don’t think it works in 20 degree weather, it’s got to be a lot colder than that.
California will make this stunt a felony next January 1st. You wait.
They say you could learn about the law of inertia by running out onto the freeway, or gravity, by jumping off a building, but I would never think of doing it.
Morons! Much ado about just physics.
Well, school teachin’ oughta be a natural for you.
The effect is even more educational if you spread out the boiling water with a hand grenade.
You can’t fix stupid.
these are truly cases of hold muh frozen beer n watch this...
"Best investigative reporting on the planet. But go ahead, read the New York Times if you want. They get lucky sometimes."
Y’don’t tug on Superman’s cape .....
Don’t tug on Superman’s cape either.
I told him about the map of Yolanda in the Philippines being a colorized, upper atmosphere and NOT foot-print report.
The idiots were scalded and then scalded.
It is what I call “Morons on Parade”.
Their population in the USSA is growing exponentially :(