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Old 11-26-2007, 11:29 AM
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Actually boiling water isn't what's painful. It's condensing steam that's painful. It has to do with latent heat. Water actually absorbs energy out of its surrounding environments (cooling it off) when it vapourizes, but returns that energy when it condenses. As a result, condensing steam causes burns, but boiling water does not. Mind you, I still wouldn't prefer to be in boiling water, but I think the nearby fire spell would completely overshadow it.