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At least 50 scalded in the US after trying boiling-to-frozen water trick (article and video)
The Telegraph ^ | January 9, 2014 | Hannah Flint

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 weren’t 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 we’ve all learned a very important lesson today.”

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Science; Weather; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: braindead; dangerous; darwin; idiots; ouch; risky; scalding; stupid; toomuchtime

1 posted on 01/10/2014 12:19:39 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Would need a lot of water to earn a full Darwin, but Honorable Mentions to the injured.


2 posted on 01/10/2014 12:23:14 AM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Dagnabitt

“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....??


3 posted on 01/10/2014 12:26:55 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: beaversmom
Matt Pearce, the reporter from the LA Times who collated the tweets, said: “I think we’ve all learned a very important lesson today.”

Pardon my "french", but I learned quite early that you "don't piss into the wind!"


4 posted on 01/10/2014 12:27:00 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Today, doesn't it seem like we have a Corrupt Bastards Club in D.C.? On steroids?" -Sarah Palin)
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To: beaversmom

Don’t worry. ObamaCare covers this...


5 posted on 01/10/2014 12:33:42 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: beaversmom

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.


6 posted on 01/10/2014 12:34:38 AM PST by jocon307
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To: beaversmom

California will make this stunt a felony next January 1st. You wait.


7 posted on 01/10/2014 12:42:06 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: beaversmom

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.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 12:42:55 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: beaversmom

Morons! Much ado about just physics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBhIAaE3dmk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crvbAaUeAZA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoqOLll2xr0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QosaLPaC7Do

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qPSwB7DRnY


9 posted on 01/10/2014 12:44:44 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: beaversmom

~~~Some said the boiling water had blown back on to them in the wind.~~~

OK, guess we need to have a Wind 101 class.


10 posted on 01/10/2014 12:45:00 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: ETL

Well, school teachin’ oughta be a natural for you.


11 posted on 01/10/2014 12:48:47 AM PST by RedHeeler
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To: beaversmom

The effect is even more educational if you spread out the boiling water with a hand grenade.


12 posted on 01/10/2014 12:52:49 AM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Dagnabitt

You can’t fix stupid.


13 posted on 01/10/2014 12:54:27 AM PST by Autonomous User (Pain Fades. Chicks Dig Scars. Glory, lasts forever.)
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To: Dagnabitt

LOL LOL

these are truly cases of hold muh frozen beer n watch this...


14 posted on 01/10/2014 12:55:05 AM PST by Irishguy
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To: Slings and Arrows; Daffynition
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.

"Best investigative reporting on the planet. But go ahead, read the New York Times if you want. They get lucky sometimes."

15 posted on 01/10/2014 1:01:08 AM PST by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: beaversmom

Y’don’t tug on Superman’s cape .....


16 posted on 01/10/2014 1:01:50 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: WVKayaker

Don’t tug on Superman’s cape either.


17 posted on 01/10/2014 1:02:06 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: jocon307
My brother in Tampa said that was wind chill ... actual was in the 40's

I told him about the map of Yolanda in the Philippines being a colorized, upper atmosphere and NOT foot-print report.

18 posted on 01/10/2014 1:04:09 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: beaversmom

The idiots were scalded and then scalded.


19 posted on 01/10/2014 1:07:43 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Mia San Mia)
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To: beaversmom

It is what I call “Morons on Parade”.
Their population in the USSA is growing exponentially :(


20 posted on 01/10/2014 1:18:03 AM PST by AlexW
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To: beaversmom

People starting off sentences with “So...” is getting old.


21 posted on 01/10/2014 1:20:50 AM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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To: beaversmom

Co-ordination. They has it.


22 posted on 01/10/2014 1:27:38 AM PST by servo1969
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To: beaversmom

They’re doing it all wrong.


23 posted on 01/10/2014 1:34:40 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: beaversmom

Some people never learn. You don’t spit into the wind.


24 posted on 01/10/2014 1:39:49 AM PST by HarleyD (...one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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To: Autonomous User

Anyone care to guess the percentage in that mix of Democrats?


25 posted on 01/10/2014 1:47:24 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: Ezekiel

26 posted on 01/10/2014 2:11:21 AM PST by Daffynition (It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.)
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To: beaversmom

The most idiotic thing about this is that actually posted videos of themselves being morons on facebook for the world to see.


27 posted on 01/10/2014 2:39:02 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: beaversmom

You don’t urinate into the wind, either, if you are a fellow and have any common sense. Amazing.....simply amazing.


28 posted on 01/10/2014 2:44:35 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: ReaganGeneration2
People starting off sentences with “So...” is getting old.

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?

29 posted on 01/10/2014 3:41:09 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: beaversmom
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.

30 posted on 01/10/2014 3:41:26 AM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: beaversmom

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.


31 posted on 01/10/2014 4:22:23 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: FerociousRabbit

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.


32 posted on 01/10/2014 4:50:41 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: RedHeeler

Why, have you ever tried some of those things I mentioned?


33 posted on 01/10/2014 4:54:29 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Autonomous User

Move over low information voter. Met Americans too stupid to boil water without injuring themselves.


34 posted on 01/10/2014 4:55:51 AM PST by Flick Lives (Got a problem with the government? Have a complaint. Get a free IRS audit!)
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To: Flick Lives

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.


35 posted on 01/10/2014 5:04:11 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: ReaganGeneration2

My favorite is starting sentences with “Ya Know”!. Ya Know!


36 posted on 01/10/2014 5:06:33 AM PST by gr8eman (How ya doin Bob?...Bitchen!)
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To: beaversmom

Some people are too stupid to be trusted with hot water.


37 posted on 01/10/2014 5:11:28 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: beaversmom

There’s a old saying, “Never pi$$ into the wind”


38 posted on 01/10/2014 5:13:25 AM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: HarleyD
Some people never learn. You don’t spit 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!

39 posted on 01/10/2014 5:22:22 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: beaversmom

The future of the United States.


40 posted on 01/10/2014 5:22:45 AM PST by onedoug
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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.


41 posted on 01/10/2014 5:30:38 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: ReaganGeneration2
People starting off sentences with “So...” is getting old.

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.

42 posted on 01/10/2014 6:12:43 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: beaversmom

Gee, and it looks like SO much fun! sheesh...


43 posted on 01/10/2014 6:15:29 AM PST by joethedrummer
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To: F15Eagle
OK, guess we need to have a Wind 101 class.

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).

44 posted on 01/10/2014 6:32:10 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: beaversmom

Tune in next week for “Playing with fire !”


45 posted on 01/10/2014 6:35:03 AM PST by csvset
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To: John O

Thanks for the recommendation!


46 posted on 01/10/2014 9:42:07 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: FerociousRabbit

Yeah, I’m not doing that one either.


47 posted on 01/10/2014 9:42:56 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Graybeard58; exDemMom

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.


48 posted on 01/11/2014 4:45:35 AM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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