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Polar Vortex

Over the last week, the polar vortex has left most of the U.S. dealing with frigid cold and an unbearable wind-chill. It was so cold, in fact, that many companies and schools closed down. It resulted in days of #PolarVortex trending on Twitter, with people sharing their experiences ("FROSTBITE"); non-experiences (one Californian tweeted, "This morning [I] had to switch from an iced latte to a hot latte."); and parodies ("Poehler Vortex," as a shout-out to Amy Poehler). It also made the video above — of boiling water being shot out of a squirt gun into freezing temperatures, resulting in snow — go viral. And you know what happens when things go viral? People get hurt. At least in this case, where it's estimated that at least 50 people were hospitalized after trying to replicate the video at home. This is why we can't have nice things.