I'm constantly amazed and delighted by the wonders of yeast doughs. You wouldn't think that different applications of pretty much the same ingredients could yield such amazingly different results.
As I said earlier, I wasn't sure they'd taste like bagels, but they really do. The boiling part is amazing, the way the dough changes in both appearance and feel - looking more like a donut. Pop them in the oven and the smell is a bagel smell (I used to live across the road from Glicks in St Kilda so I know that smell) and the taste, the texture, the external shine, it's a win, win!
Run to your kitchens, check your cupboards to see if you have all you need and make bagels. You simply must!