As the so-called “polar vortex” continues to bear down on the U.S. plunging much of the country into the lowest temperatures in almost two decades, the media has come up with some clever ways to show viewers at home just how brutally cold it is outside.
You may have seen a flood of TV reporters throwing cups of boiling water into the air yesterday and then excitedly watched as it drifted back down as snow.
Several reporters encouraged their audiences to try the science experiment at home, just like WCCO-TV news anchor Jason DeRusha did:
Threw a pot of boiling water in the air. Kids thought it was awesome. Do it, people.
— Jason DeRusha (@DeRushaJ) January 6, 2014
Reporter Stephanie Elam even showed Anderson Cooper the nifty trick:
When done correctly, it’s supposed to look something like this:
But for many, the trick went horribly wrong and many shared their horror stories on twitter:
I tried to throw boiling water in the air and it back fired..all the water spilled on me and now my leg is burned. Oops….
— Kailyn Nicole (@KailynNicole200) January 7, 2014
Tried the boiling water trick today… burned the high holy hell out of my hand… I may have done it wrong… but it shore was purdy…
— Tyler Rump (@tyrump) January 7, 2014
This was the 40th boiling-water-to-snow burn victim I found on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/4pwOYZYrHR
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) January 7, 2014
Blayne and I just did the boiling water thing and I accidentally threw all the BOILING water against the wind and burnt myself. Wtf.
— Maci (@MaciKorfhage) January 6, 2014
THREW BOILING WATER OFF BALCONY TO TEST POLAR VORTEX. GAVE SECOND DEGREE BURNS TO NEIGHBOR WALKING TO THEIR CAR. #POLARVORTEX
— Cycleboredom (@Cycleboredom) January 7, 2014
YouTube was littered with disastrous boiling water failed attempts:
…and then this poor girl did this:
Ok America, you can now stop trying to burn yourselves.