OK America, You Can Stop Throwing Pots of Boiling Water Into the Air Now

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Jan. 7 2014 12:33 PM

OK America, You Can Stop Throwing Pots of Boiling Water Into the Air Now

Holthaus boling water snow video
Don't try this at home.

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On Monday, meteorologist Eric Holthaus demonstrated just how cold it was at his home in Viroqua, Wis., by tossing a pot of boiling water into the air—and watching it drift back down as snow. In retrospect, perhaps he—and I, when I wrote about the stunt—should have added a disclaimer: Don’t try this at home. Or, if you must, at least stand upwind of the direction in which you’re tossing the boiling water.

As my post and others on Holthaus’s video spread around the Internet yesterday, the Los Angeles Times’ Matt Pearce began to notice a disturbing trend on Twitter: People around the country were trying the experiment in their own back yards—and burning the crap out of themselves.

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BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo has a roundup of the victims and three words of sage advice: “Everyone, please stop.”  

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