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Boiling water turns to snow in Siberia

Baby, it's cold outside. And to prove it, we offer up this video shot by a man in Siberia in -41 degrees Celsius weather.

The man boiled water and then tossed it over the balcony of his apartment. Normally, that sort of thing would get you arrested. But in arctic-like temperatures, the result is quite beautiful. As soon as the man tosses his pot of boiling water into the freezing air, it turns to snow and leaves behind a trail of mist across the sky.

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If you paid attention in high school chemistry, you might remember that boiling water freezes faster than cold water. Known as the Mpemba effect, the phenomenon remains a mystery to many. Not even scientists can agree why hot water tends to freeze quicker.

Don't try this at home, but check out the clip above.