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Video: Damn, it’s cold in Russia

posted at 12:11 pm on December 21, 2012 by

This feels marginally more plausible than the eagle-swooping-on-a-toddler viral vid — the temperature shown on the guy’s iPhone is definitely plausible — but I don’t know. From boiling water to frozen vapor in less than a second?

What’s the verdict, physicists? Hoax or no?

Update: Wow. Looks like this is legit.

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Saw a weatherman in Minnesota do this very thing with a cup of coffee on live TV.

CurtZHP on December 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Did this very thing in Cincinnati, OH @ -25F

Kungfoochimp on December 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Saw a weatherman in Minnesota do this very thing with a cup of coffee on live TV.

CurtZHP on December 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

The winter reports from International Falls, MN that we used to see on the local news made me glad to be an Iowan kid.

pookysgirl on December 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I saw the same trick on Ice Road Truckers during their first season.

Snake307 on December 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Looks legit except something flies in front of the camera around 0.55. If it’s an insect, it must have some superior anti-freeze in its body.

TimBuk3 on December 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Current temperature – 11:30 cst (so still early morning there) – in Fairbanks, Alaska, which is about in the middle of Alaska is ~ -40 F. Yeah, I’d say that water, even boiling would freeze fairly quickly there.

Current temperature as of right now in Irkutsk, Russia (In Siberia by Lake Baikal) is -31 F. So, yeah… very, very cold.

Recall the short story by Jack London about the guy trying to survive?

Logus on December 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I cry like a baby when it gets below 60 degrees, can’t imagine how people live in -40 weather.

clearbluesky on December 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Its legit… was taught by Nuns in grade school that hot water freezes faster than cold water.

singlemalt 18 on December 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Having lived in Siberia, I can tell you that yes, this is true. -41 isn’t too bad, actually, Novosibirsk is in the southern part of Siberia. Try Norilsk.

Crefonso on December 21, 2012 at 1:11 PM

We’ve done that trick in Minnesota many times.

Mr. D on December 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I cry like a baby when it gets below 60 degrees

I do too! It was 32 with a 29wc here in S TX and I am freezing! But if it was as cold as gobs here are dealing with, I would never get out of my warm cozy bed?
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letget on December 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Its legit… was taught by Nuns in grade school that hot water freezes faster than cold water.

singlemalt 18 on December 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

And, conversely, cold water boils faster than warm water from what I’ve heard.

Logus on December 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM

It’s all due to global warming.

The Rogue Tomato on December 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM

If it’s an insect, it must have some superior anti-freeze in its body.

TimBuk3 on December 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Probably flew in from Chernobyl.

Its legit… was taught by Nuns in grade school that hot water freezes faster than cold water.

singlemalt 18 on December 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

And the libs always tell us that the Church is anti-science.

CurtZHP on December 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

And the libs always tell us that the Church is anti-science.

CurtZHP on December 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Then again, some of those nuns are pretty liberal.

Logus on December 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Snow making. Although snow making equipment is a tiny bit more complex.

Frank Enstine on December 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Then again, some of thosetoday’s nuns are pretty liberal.

Logus on December 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

The Nuns of my day were into corporal punishment… cheerfully!

singlemalt 18 on December 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

It’s so cold in the D R, how the bleep supposed keep peace?

Ars Moriendi on December 21, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Done it many times in Grand Forks also.

cobrakai99 on December 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Heh, I walked to work this morning in a t-shirt, there was ice on the ground.

I remember back in the late 70′s maybe near 1980 when they said we had -50 without wind chill and -80 with.

astonerii on December 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Anyone notice that the lady-friend filming says..”Ha, ha Oh Wow!” I didn’t know that was a Russian expression.

Do-svidaniya!

Bulletchaser on December 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Come on AP, everyone knows hot water freezes before cold. At least, I thought everyone knew that.

ButterflyDragon on December 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Hot water will become vapor in the dry air and thus have far more surface area. If you threw cold water like that, it would remain in a a few chunks.

As for hot water freezing faster than cold water, it probably has more to do with circulation than anything else. Thus, more water will be exposed to the coldest temperature.

astonerii on December 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Bulletchaser on December 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Americanisms are everywhere. Trust me on this one.

P.S. — blame Hollywood.

CPT. Charles on December 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Damn! I saw Obama do the very same thing with a bucket of tax money!

Bruno Strozek on December 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

At -40, F& C have no meaning.

levi from queens on December 21, 2012 at 6:46 PM

hot water freezes faster than cold water.

lorien1973 on December 21, 2012 at 7:59 PM