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Instant fog, Russian style: YouTube video shows man make a pot of boiling water disappear… by pouring it from his balconyThe contents of the pot evaporates before it can even reach the groundWeather report shows outside temperatures at -41C
12:54 GMT, 18 December 2012
An incredible video shows a Russian man making instant fog – by throwing a pot of boiling water from his balcony.
It was shot in an unidentified Russian town where the outside temperature, according to a weather report, is colder than -40 degrees C.
The YouTube video shows the man take a pot of several litres of boiling hot water on to his balcony and tip it over the side – with the liquid entirely evaporating before it touches the ground.
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How to make fog, Russian style: The pillar of artificial 'fog' is carried away in the breeze
Chilly: A peek at the weather report on this iPhone shows it is a breath-stealing -41C outside
The one-minute film was uploaded by the Russian-language edition of LifeHacker, a website dedicated to 'tips and downloads for getting things done'.
It begins with the man in his flat at the top of a Soviet-style block in the depths of winter. For the benefit of viewers at home, he holds up his iPhone to reveal the outside temperature is a breath-stealing -41C.
The man then takes the lid of a pot of boiling water he has resting on a side table and walks out onto his balcony, into weather so cold the air is already filled with mist and the surrounding neighbourhood is carpeted with snow.
Depths of winter: The air is already misty and the neighbourhood is carpeted with snow
Don't try this at home: It's probably not cold enough where you are
Instant fog: Condensation fills the air as the boiling water instantly evaporates in the freezing air
'Glory to Russia!': A peer over the side reveals the snow below is untouched by the torrent of scalding water
Gripping the pot in two gloved hands, he flashes a grin to the camera before hefting the entire contents over the edge.
But rather than the expected torrent of scalding water pouring down the side of the block, the contents of the pan vanish in a puff of steam.
A peer over the side of the balcony shows that none of the water even reaches the snow covered ground below, while a second angle reveals the whole lot has been merely carried gently away on the breeze.
The short film was published on YouTube last Thursday, and has already been watched nearly 500,000 times.
YouTube user MegaMikss commented: 'Glory to Russia!'
Now watch the incredible video
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