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VIDEO: Wanna See Boiling Water Turn Instantly To Ice Crystals?

VIDEO: Wanna See Boiling Water Turn Instantly To Ice Crystals?
December 20
09:55 2012

Best place for that is Russia. It’s cold there.

And if you go to Siberia, and Novosibirsk in particular, it’s especially cold. As in, 41 below cold.

At 41 below, you can take a pot of boiling water, throw it out a 6th-story window and long before it hits the ground it’ll freeze into tiny ice crystals.

Here, watch…

They say it’s actually easier to get boiling water to do this than room temperature water, because boiling water doesn’t have dissolved gases in it at levels room temperature water does.

But when it’s 41 below, that water’s gonna freeze, quick-like.

They’ve got a million and a half people in Novosibirsk. Where it’ll get to 41 below. Can you even imagine that?

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  1. William M Edelmann
    William M Edelmann December 20, 19:12

    I can only imagine that happening, but I am sure it does every few years up in northern AK, MT, ND, MN, WI, MI, NY, VT, NH & ME.

    We never got that cold here in NJ while I've lived here, and the following has not repeated to my knowledge since the 1970s, but during the late 1970s we had one extended arctic pattern down to ten below zero {F} at nights, daytime highs only to zero. Lasting a week, that cold caused:

    Water froze even with ice-melt in it. Throwing water {not boiling, just tap water} froze in the air before landing on a car windshield.

    Water pipes in homes froze solid despite being in 'insulated' exterior walls {had to run faucets all night to prevent freezing and splitting pipes}.

    People suffered mild frostbite even while wearing winter gloves.

    People were driving VW Beetles on local harbor & inlets which had never frozen over.

    Cars wouldn't start without a jump-charger and diesels couldn't start due to thickened fuel.

    Parking brake cables froze in locked position, had to get under car and spray alcohol on the cable to release brakes.

    Car tires actually 'froze' with a flat side where when we drove a car down a street {if you got it started}, we would hear thunk, thunk, thunk of the 'flat side' of the tire frozen into the rubber until it heated up by driving it.

    • Dianne Patti
      Dianne Patti December 20, 21:39

      Great stuff, William, that i never heard before. To add: In the winters of '77 and '78, blizzards in Columbus, Ohio, brought temps of -52 F. I heard it was -58 in Cincinnati. OK, to make your car able to start, run an electric shop cord with a light bulb socket on it under the hood and turn it on all night. For survival in power failures, fill bath tub with hot water. Everyone stay in the bathroom together until danger passes.

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