One of the more popular seasonal flavors of online video has been the freezing boiling water trick. Practiced (and sometimes perfected) from the porches, decks and patios of homes in northerly climes, the aim is to get the vapor in boiling water to freeze before it hits the ground. The trick, of course, is that it must be very cold outside, preferably below zero Fahrenheit.
Given Madison's positively polar conditions over the last couple of weeks, a few folks have tried this experiment locally. The results, including one video clip billing it as "magic," follows below.
But these guys weren't the first to try this trick when the cold snap started last weekend. That distinction falls to Madison musician Justin Aten, who presented his video as a cold-weather science experiment. Then there's this clip, wherein the experimenters found that "boiling water really does vaporize (more or less) before it hits the ground when thrown during the winter in Wisconsin."
Will there be another chance to try the trick this winter? Perhaps. Conditions remain chilly, with lows approaching zero over the weekend.