It's so hot that ...

Monday, July 18, 2011 | 12:43 p.m. CDT; updated 2:50 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 20, 2011
SWEET RELIEF: Dutchess, a 4 year-old Asian elephant, gets washed down by trainer Brett Carden, left, as temperatures climbed to the 100s last week in Waco, Texas.

Tuesday's forecast, from the National Weather Service: Sunny and hot in Columbia, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 105. 

It's so hot that ... How would you finish that sentence? Here are a few from the newsroom:


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... I want to be hosed down with that elephant (see picture above).

... I'm baking cookies in my car.

... Missouri winters no longer scare me.

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We've gotten some awesome responses through email and Twitter. Keep 'em coming! Here are some highlights to get your creative juices rolling. Where we have permission, we'll include the writer's name or handle.

@raychwrites It's so hot that @ShakesPizza could cook their pizzas on the sidewalk.

@PaulPepperKBIA  It's so hot people are finally catching onto the real functionality of the Hawaiian shirt.

@DOPEITSTOM  It's so hot (in Columbia) that I can feel the heat all the way out here in California.

@CoMo_HealthDept  It's so hot that ... your friends in public health will remind you over & over again this week to DRINK WATER & stay cool.

@ctmendenhall It's so hot that ... Now the pools are beginning to feel like hot tubs.

@SF_JimCamoriano It's so hot I microwaved popcorn ... in my freezer.

@umissouripress #itssohotcomo Stay in and read a good book!

@JamesColumbiaMO It's so hot that cactus are growing in my front yard.

@nicmarso It's so hot the cows are giving evaporated milk.

@ It's so hot that I could bake a cake on my front porch.

@ It's so hot that I'm washing my dishes in my daughter's kiddie pool.

@bluesnugs It's so hot that Paris Hilton says "that's cool."

@eamccrory Milk is such a bad choice right now.

Ann Komo via email: It's so hot that I have to drink coffee just to cool off.

Kevin Dingman on Facebook: It's so hot I lit the BBQ to cool off.

@molawbum shared several gems:
#itssohotcomo that I've converted to the metric system just to make me feel better.
#itssohotcomo that I'm hoping the cicadas return so I can hide in their shade.
#itssohotcomo that helium atoms just formed in my front yard.

Here are the most recent responses from Tuesday:

Tyiesha White on Facebook: It's so hot that my sweat is sweating.

Gary R. Fields on Facebook: The squirrels are using pot holders.

@EmilyElizabeth3 It's so hot and humid in #Chicago that it feels like #CoMo.

@garrettcfb It's so hot that Chuck Norris is starting to sweat.

@MoniteauMODems We have to turn off our furnace on to cool off.

@AKloh I just moved to Austin, TX & laugh at the people who live here and complain about "Texas summers" — CoMo is way more miserable.

@jeranther gave us a handful:
#ItsSoHotThat my dog tells me to come back inside.
#ItsSoHotThat Alaska seems almost livable. Almost!
#ItsSoHotThat Murdoch is happy to be inside Parliament.

@EasyOneSlice . . . I heated a gas station burrito on the dash.

@Shawny42 It's so hot that the asphalt moves under your feet!

Annie Keyes on Facebook: I can't go outside to smoke. Now that's hot.

@Kjewell13 #itssohotcomo that I'm getting a vitamin D deficiency from being indoors all day. #tanlesssummer

Beverly Schooler via e-mail: The Chickens are laying fried eggs!

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sally willis July 18, 2011 | 1:48 p.m.

I like going to work! (the a.c. works great here)

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Chris Cady July 18, 2011 | 3:46 p.m.

It's so hot that lava is refusing to come out of the ground.

It's so hot the parking meters are standing on tiptoe.

It's so hot I saw a fire hydrant chasing a dog.

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Joy Mayer July 18, 2011 | 4:29 p.m.

Thanks, guys! Keep 'em coming.
— Joy Mayer, Columbia Missourian

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Ricky Gurley July 18, 2011 | 6:03 p.m.

It's so hot I have to turn on my heater to cool my house!

Ricky B. Gurley.

RMRI, Inc.
(573) 529-4476

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Michael Williams July 18, 2011 | 6:25 p.m.

Its so hot, the squirrels are handling their nuts with potholders.
(not an original from me...but don't know source)

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Kevin O'Connor July 19, 2011 | 1:03 a.m.

It's so hot, the Ellis Library flasher claims he was just cooling things off!

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John Schultz July 19, 2011 | 9:44 a.m.

It's so hot, Paul Allaire sent himself to Iraq to cool off.

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