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13th Aug '16 10:25:57 PM PrimeEvil
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* In the ''DoctorWho'' story "Terror of the Autons," the Master--having taken over a plastics factory--tests a prototype for an inflatable plastic armchair on a rather troublesome employee. The armchair traps him in its cold, clammy surface and suffocates him.
31st May '16 8:51:59 PM DonaldthePotholer
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* [[http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL0919437820080709 A man in St. Petersburg]] was lounging on an unfolded sofabed after drinking. The next morning he and his wife got into an argument and she kicked the bed in a rage, then stormed out. Unbeknownst to her, the kick released its spring-loaded folding mechanism. It folded up with her husband in it and killed him instantly (strong springs + inertia + leverage + being extremely unlucky = broken spine). A few hours later she returned to continue and found him like this.

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* [[http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL0919437820080709 A man in St. Petersburg]] Petersburg, Russia]] was lounging on an unfolded sofabed after drinking. The next morning he and his wife got into an argument and she kicked the bed in a rage, then stormed out. Unbeknownst to her, the kick released its spring-loaded folding mechanism. It folded up with her husband in it and killed him instantly (strong springs + inertia + leverage + being extremely unlucky = broken spine). A few hours later she returned to continue and found him like this.
22nd May '16 2:09:52 PM Sharlee
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A SubTrope of MurphysBed. See also BearTrap.

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A SubTrope of MurphysBed. See also BearTrap.
BearTrap. A reclining sister trope to ShackleSeatTrap.
5th Mar '16 1:56:42 PM StFan
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** In another Leslie Nielsen movie, Dick Steele (Agent [=WD40=]) traps a would-be assassin in his fold-out bed. Then he goes to play some golf. Whether he did it deliberately is hard to tell, considering the character is either ObfuscatingStupidity, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, or a BunnyEarsLawyer.

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** * In another Leslie Nielsen movie, ''Film/SpyHard'', Dick Steele (Agent [=WD40=]) traps a would-be assassin in his fold-out bed. Then he goes to play some golf. Whether he did it deliberately is hard to tell, considering the character is either ObfuscatingStupidity, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, or a BunnyEarsLawyer.




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* ''Comicbook/GastonLagaffe'': One of Gaston's invention is a switch-operated folding relaxing chair ([[CapsLockNumLockMissilesLock conveniently next to many other switches that do something else]]). Before he tested it, he went home, but curiosity got the better of Fantasio and of course, he pressed the wrong switch...
* In the ComicBook/{{Tintin}} adventure ''The Secret of the Unicorn'' [[AbsentMindedProfessor Professor Calculus]] shows off his folding bed, and then proceeds to close it, failing to notice that [[ButtMonkey Captain Haddock]] is still sitting on it.
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* One of [[Comicbook/GastonLagaffe Gaston]]'s invention is a switch-operated folding relaxing chair ([[CapsLockNumLockMissilesLock conveniently next to many other switches that do something else]]). Before he tested it, he went home, but curiosity got the better of Fantasio and of course, he pressed the wrong switch...
* In the ComicBook/{{Tintin}} adventure ''The Secret of the Unicorn'' [[AbsentMindedProfessor Professor Calculus]] shows off his folding bed, and then proceeds to close it, failing to notice that [[ButtMonkey Captain Haddock]] is still sitting on it.

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* One spring-loaded canvas-on-a-metal-frame folding thing is generally used as a sun lounger. If you don't set it at the perfect angle, or if you sit down too hard or someone throws a well-aimed pebble, you are instantly trapped in a canvas sandwich that can't be opened from the inside. Thankfully, the frame only runs around the outside edge, leaving the victim only in danger of an uncomfortable squishing rather than a broken back.
* It's even worse when employed in combination with a hot water bottle.



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* One spring-loaded canvas-on-a-metal-frame folding thing is generally used as a sun lounger. If you don't set it at the perfect angle, or if you sit down too hard or someone throws a well-aimed pebble, you are instantly trapped in a canvas sandwich that can't be opened from the inside. Thankfully, the frame only runs around the outside edge, leaving the victim only in danger of an uncomfortable squishing rather than a broken back.
* It's even worse when employed in combination with a hot water bottle.
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* [[http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL0919437820080709 A man in St. Petersburg]] was lounging on an unfolded sofabed after drinking. The next morning he and his wife got into an argument and she kicked the bed in a rage, then stormed out. Unbeknownst to her, the kick released its spring-loaded folding mechanism. It folded up with her husband in it and killed him instantly (strong springs + inertia + leverage + being extremely unlucky = broken spine). A few hours later she returned to continue and found him like this.
** Well, they say you shouldn't go to bed angry...


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* [[http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL0919437820080709 A man in St. Petersburg]] was lounging on an unfolded sofabed after drinking. The next morning he and his wife got into an argument and she kicked the bed in a rage, then stormed out. Unbeknownst to her, the kick released its spring-loaded folding mechanism. It folded up with her husband in it and killed him instantly (strong springs + inertia + leverage + being extremely unlucky = broken spine). A few hours later she returned to continue and found him like this.
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1st Nov '15 6:41:57 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', ButtMonkey Chuckie gets trapped in one of these when he and Tommy descend into the Pickles' basement in search of a lost toy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
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In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', the episode, "Stu-Maker's Elves", ButtMonkey Chuckie gets trapped in one of these when he and Tommy descend into the Pickles' basement in search of a lost toy.toy.
** At the end of "The Mattress", Phil presses a button on the control panel to Lou's new Sleepmaster 2000 mattress, making it fold up between him, Tommy, Chuckie, and Lil. The latter three all glare angrily at him for doing so.
3rd Sep '15 7:58:34 AM PriceCheck
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* Doesn't that giant plant that eats Poison Ivy in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' look like it might be her bed? That she's that overconfident of her plant-control powers and evil that she'd ''choose'' to sleep in a carnivorous plant?
** Except that at the end of the movie, she is shown alive in a cell in Arkham Asylum.

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* Doesn't that giant plant that eats Poison Ivy in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' look like it might be her bed? That she's that overconfident of her plant-control powers and evil that she'd ''choose'' to sleep in a carnivorous plant?
** Except that at the end of the movie, she is shown alive in a cell in Arkham Asylum.
15th Jul '15 9:15:30 PM GrammarNavi
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** In another Leslie Nielsen movie, Dick Steele (Agent [=WD40=]) traps a would-be assassin in his fold-out bed. Then he goes to play some golf. Whether he did it deliberately is hard to tell, considAbbyg the character is either ObfuscatingStupidity, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, or a BunnyEarsLawyer.

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** In another Leslie Nielsen movie, Dick Steele (Agent [=WD40=]) traps a would-be assassin in his fold-out bed. Then he goes to play some golf. Whether he did it deliberately is hard to tell, considAbbyg considering the character is either ObfuscatingStupidity, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, or a BunnyEarsLawyer.
2nd Jun '15 4:31:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* In JacquesTati's classic ''Film/MrHulotsHoliday'', this is done with a rowboat. Hulot's attempts to extricate himself lead to terrified beachgoers [[CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise mistaking said craft for a man-eating shark]].

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* In JacquesTati's Creator/JacquesTati's classic ''Film/MrHulotsHoliday'', this is done with a rowboat. Hulot's attempts to extricate himself lead to terrified beachgoers [[CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise mistaking said craft for a man-eating shark]].



* In the film ''The Wrong Guys'', Richard Lewis attempts to set up a cot in a tent which keeps doing this to him. Eventually he ties this "cot from hell" in place, and is finally able to lie down on it. However, then another character actually causes the entire tent to collapse, and we can see the shape of the cot folding up again underneath it, while Richard screams in agony.

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* In the film ''The Wrong Guys'', ''Film/TheWrongGuys'', Richard Lewis attempts to set up a cot in a tent which keeps doing this to him. Eventually he ties this "cot from hell" in place, and is finally able to lie down on it. However, then another character actually causes the entire tent to collapse, and we can see the shape of the cot folding up again underneath it, while Richard screams in agony.



* ''CrankYankers'' featured this in a segment.
* Granny from ''BeverlyHillbillies'' gets trapped in at least two beds in one episode.
* So did Marlo Thomas in ''ThatGirl''.

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* ''CrankYankers'' ''Series/CrankYankers'' featured this in a segment.
* Granny from ''BeverlyHillbillies'' ''Series/BeverlyHillbillies'' gets trapped in at least two beds in one episode.
* So did Marlo Thomas in ''ThatGirl''.''Series/ThatGirl''.



* ''TheMiddle'': While staying at a motel, Axl is forced to sleep like this because his cot won't open up. [[spoiler: It opens up in the morning, right when they have to leave.]]

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* ''TheMiddle'': ''Series/TheMiddle'': While staying at a motel, Axl is forced to sleep like this because his cot won't open up. [[spoiler: It opens up in the morning, right when they have to leave.]]



* Often happens in cartoony hospitals, where someone in a full body cast will have the misfortune of having a bed that will painfully sandwich them. Showed up in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', ''{{Popeye}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'', among others.
* In one cartoon, DonaldDuck is eaten by a folding camp cot like this.
* In ''{{Rugrats}}'', ButtMonkey Chuckie gets trapped in one of these when he and Tommy descend into the Pickles' basement in search of a lost toy.
* In ''TheWuzzles'', Croc, seeking shelter from a tropical fruit storm (yes, as in a storm where it rains bizarre hybrids of tropical fruits, like coconut/bananas) by pretending to be injured on a "broken" step (which he himself broke) at Butterbear's, is tossed into bed by a Bumblelion who secretly witnessed his plan. The bed promptly folded up on him (Croc, not Bumblelion).
* Parodied in ''TheSimpsons'': Homer refuses to get out of bed, so Marge folds it up. We hear a crunch and see red fluid drip out. Terrified, Marge quickly unfolds it, and out tumbles Homer, perfectly fine, but crying over his crushed and dripping juicebox.
* ''PhineasAndFerb''. "Flop Starz" Doofenshmirtz falls from the top of a giant robot, only to land into the safety of a nearby bed, which then folds up on him. Talk about insult to injury.
* An early episode of ''TheJetsons'' showed George's bed folding up lengthwise to turn into a toaster, which then pops him out with all the vigor you expect of a six-foot-long toaster.

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* Often happens in cartoony hospitals, where someone in a full body cast will have the misfortune of having a bed that will painfully sandwich them. Showed up in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', ''{{Popeye}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'', among others.
* In one cartoon, DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck is eaten by a folding camp cot like this.
* In ''{{Rugrats}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', ButtMonkey Chuckie gets trapped in one of these when he and Tommy descend into the Pickles' basement in search of a lost toy.
* In ''TheWuzzles'', ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles'', Croc, seeking shelter from a tropical fruit storm (yes, as in a storm where it rains bizarre hybrids of tropical fruits, like coconut/bananas) by pretending to be injured on a "broken" step (which he himself broke) at Butterbear's, is tossed into bed by a Bumblelion who secretly witnessed his plan. The bed promptly folded up on him (Croc, not Bumblelion).
* Parodied in ''TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer refuses to get out of bed, so Marge folds it up. We hear a crunch and see red fluid drip out. Terrified, Marge quickly unfolds it, and out tumbles Homer, perfectly fine, but crying over his crushed and dripping juicebox.
* ''PhineasAndFerb''.''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. "Flop Starz" Doofenshmirtz falls from the top of a giant robot, only to land into the safety of a nearby bed, which then folds up on him. Talk about insult to injury.
* An early episode of ''TheJetsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' showed George's bed folding up lengthwise to turn into a toaster, which then pops him out with all the vigor you expect of a six-foot-long toaster.



* On ''MyNameIsEarl'', one of the guys on Earl's list, Josh, dies via Bear Trap Bed.
* In the TV series ''StElsewhere'', Mrs. Hufnagel [a recurring character as a patient] dies as a result of a folding hospital bed folding up on her.

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* On ''MyNameIsEarl'', ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', one of the guys on Earl's list, Josh, dies via Bear Trap Bed.
* In the TV series ''StElsewhere'', ''Series/StElsewhere'', Mrs. Hufnagel [a recurring character as a patient] dies as a result of a folding hospital bed folding up on her.
24th May '15 5:15:13 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''ILoveLucy'', Cousin Ernie is given a fold-up rollaway bed to sleep on and doesn't realize that he was supposed to un-fold it first. Lucy finds him sleeping ''through'' the bed, sideways.
* Happens to Ted during Season 9 of ''HowIMetYourMother''

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* In an episode of ''ILoveLucy'', ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Cousin Ernie is given a fold-up rollaway bed to sleep on and doesn't realize that he was supposed to un-fold it first. Lucy finds him sleeping ''through'' the bed, sideways.
* Happens to Ted during Season 9 of ''HowIMetYourMother''''Series/HowIMetYourMother''
6th Apr '15 4:59:52 PM glassofwater9
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** In another Leslie Nielsen movie, Dick Steele (Agent [=WD40=]) traps a would-be assassin in his fold-out bed. Then he goes to play some golf. Whether he did it deliberately is hard to tell, considering the character is either ObfuscatingStupidity, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, or a BunnyEarsLawyer.

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** In another Leslie Nielsen movie, Dick Steele (Agent [=WD40=]) traps a would-be assassin in his fold-out bed. Then he goes to play some golf. Whether he did it deliberately is hard to tell, considering considAbbyg the character is either ObfuscatingStupidity, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, or a BunnyEarsLawyer.




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* Happens to Ted during Season 9 of ''HowIMetYourMother''
* ''TheMiddle'': While staying at a motel, Axl is forced to sleep like this because his cot won't open up. [[spoiler: It opens up in the morning, right when they have to leave.]]
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