I didn't have to take much physics for my advanced college degree, so I apologize if my question is painful.
From reading and experience it seems that water is a better thermal conductor than air. I wish to verify this as well as know how water compares against: alloys, pure metals, and oil.
If my question is too general, please school me on what additional knowledge I should know to ask a better question. :)
So doing some searching, I found http://www.coolmagnetman.com/magcondb.htm which gives a good break down of resistance of different metals. This lead me to some googling, which lead me to wikipedia's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_resistivity_and_conductivity
The wiki looks to mention the water's resistance depends on the amount of salt, which makes sense, as I believe salt is an electrolyte. The wiki also has a reference of "drinking water" which is compared to the other types. It clearly looks to be that metal conducts better. From https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1854 it looks like pure metals conduct better than alloys. I'm still not sure how oils fit in the comparisons though.