Seriously, keep that boiling water in the pot

A man braves the cold and walks along the shore of Lake Michigan as temperatures remain in the negative digits on January 7, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Contrary to the urban myth, throwing a pot of boiling water into the air in such conditions will only result in you scalding yourself.

This final note today from the Marketplace Desk of, "c'mon...how did you not see this coming?"

The cold weather equivalent of frying an egg on the sidewalk is, of course, throwing boiling water into the frigid air to watch it freeze.

So here is today's lesson in don't let this happen to you:

Marketplace angle? None.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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