The polar vortex that held much of the midwest in its grips for the better part of a week, led many to try the hot water challenge. The "challenge," is to hurl boiling water and watch it freeze in mid-air. While airborne frozen water can be pretty neat, it can also land on people while it's boiling hot.
Seems some of the victims are children who watched their parents toss boiling-hot water and inadvertently got in the way. In other cases, people threw the water just as a gust of wind came along and blew it back in their face. Medical experts say it's dangerous to get any water on bare skin in icy temperatures and, to complicate matters, hot-water injuries may go unnoticed when it's freezing out because it's too cold for the pain to register. "It's tempting to try," says a Chicago doctor of the challenge. "It looks like it's pretty cool, but it's probably a bad idea."