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Heat wave! Classic moments in pop-culture melting

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I’m melting, PopWatchers, melllllllllting. That’s because today, on the concrete island of Manhattan, it is roughly 10,000 (give or take a few thousand) degrees outside. If the Big Apple looks extra shiny today, it’s only because the unforgiving sun has turned us into sweaty, smelly, cranky puddles of our former selves.

Still, New Yorkers (and everyone else around the country suffering from these oppressive temps) are hardly the first to fry faster than an egg. Of course, there’s arguably the most famous moment in pop-culture melting, the aforementioned cries of the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, but what about some of the other classic moments in liquefying? Here’s a rundown of some of the best:

Amelie dissolves into a puddle after her crush departs in Amelie. Awwwww.

T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) meets his bubbling end — in T2 at least. Yep, a vat of boiling molten fire will do the trick.

The Raiders of the Lost Ark: That’ll show you, Nazis!

The Judge meets his doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Sorry, but he totally deserved it after melting that poor, innocent cartoon shoe.

Honorable mentions: The House of Wax, the toxic-waste coated villain in RoboCop, face-melting guitar solos, Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory,” “Melt With You” by Modern English, and your brain after watching Jersey Shore.

Which scene best describes your 15 minutes in the heat today? And what are your favorite melting moments in pop culture? Now, if you’ll excuse me for one moment, I have an ice cream cone I have only 17 seconds to eat.

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