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.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
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 :(
People starting off sentences with “So...” is getting old.
Co-ordination. They has it.
They’re doing it all wrong.
Some people never learn. You don’t spit into the wind.
Anyone care to guess the percentage in that mix of Democrats?
The most idiotic thing about this is that actually posted videos of themselves being morons on facebook for the world to see.
You don’t urinate into the wind, either, if you are a fellow and have any common sense. Amazing.....simply amazing.
Interesting, that is a speech habit I don't even notice. It is very common in the California dialect I grew up with, and I'm pretty sure it is common in Maryland where I now live, too. It also is not new.
Is the use of the word "so" to begin sentences not a feature of your dialect?
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.
If that doesn't prove anthropogenic global warming, nothing ever will.
My humble prediction for the coming year:
Boiling water can cause serious injury. The government, once aware of this fact, will take action to ban boiling water. It will receive bi-partisan support in Congress.
There is a science fiction series written by Terry Goodkind called “The Sword of Truth”
In the first book the enemy manipulates the people to outlaw fire as fire causes people to suffer burns.
I highly recommend the series. The author paints conservtive values (freedom, capitalism etc) in a positive light and manages to expose the end result of liberalism, all while staying within the story line. If you like long stories, this one is a keeper for you. Multiple volumes (10?) each baout 500 pages in paperback.
Why, have you ever tried some of those things I mentioned?
Move over low information voter. Met Americans too stupid to boil water without injuring themselves.
Dumb asses! If those scalded people are too damn dumb to realize the consequences of their own stupidity, I have no sympathy for them unless of course they are Eskimo’s and live were it is even tough to get water to boil.
My favorite is starting sentences with “Ya Know”!. Ya Know!
Some people are too stupid to be trusted with hot water.
There’s a old saying, “Never pi$$ into the wind”
Actually, you DO spit into the wind. The term originally applied to sailors preparing to throw a bucket of "slop" over the side of a ship underway. Due to turbulence, it is sometimes difficult to know "which way the wind is blowing" over the side of the ship. On deck the wind can be at your back, but as the airflow rolls over the side it may create an updraft.
If one DOES spit first, even when the air flow seems favorable, and gets it back in his face, he is forewarned NOT to throw the bucket of ut slop. The same issue sometimes applies in high rise buildings.
One's own spit on the face is infinitely better than a bucket of slop ALL over!
The future of the United States.
How do you get a THIRD degree burn from this?
First, Second, Yeah, I can see that.
But a body part pretty much has to be submersed in boiling water for long moments , or subjected to superheated pressurized steam to get a third degree, unless I am remembering my Boy Scout first aid merit badge training wrong.
I see it frequently on F.R., it means the poster is about to attribute something to you that you never said nor even implied.
People will infer what they will, no matter if it's true or not.
Gee, and it looks like SO much fun! sheesh...
I'd prefer that to more 'warning labels'. In another thread I lamented the fact that by some accounts lighters should have a warning label, "Caution: Danger of fire when operated.", or something to that effect.
I recall now: It was the thread about the gal that heated up her car with a charcoal fire beneath her engine (and consequent logical effects).
Tune in next week for “Playing with fire !”
Thanks for the recommendation!
Yeah, I’m not doing that one either.
Use of “So...” on FR:
Not so bad here IMHO. I see it as a verbal tic, like ‘ya know’ or a teenager’s ‘like’, but used when the speaker wants to say “listen up, I’m about to say something important” - and with almost every sentence and totlally superfluous. Here, the people in the story were tweeting it!
“Is the use of the word “so” to begin sentences not a feature of your dialect?”
It is, and wish it wasn’t. Maybe it’s localized. Interesting.
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