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26th Apr '17 4:40:30 AM Andyroid
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** The episode "House of Next Thursday" features a dehydrated bed. Then Stimpy pees on it...

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** The episode "House of Next Thursday" Tuesday" features a dehydrated bed. Then Stimpy pees on it...



-->Head for the hills, folks, or you'll be up to your armpits in Martians!

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-->Head -->Run for the hills, folks, or you'll be up to your armpits in Martians!



* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode where Spongebob and Patrick are invited to Sandy's Treedome, they forget to keep hydrated and shrivel up to a dried-up starfish and kitchen sponge, and are restored by pouring water over them.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode where ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': In "Tee at the Treedome", Spongebob and Patrick are invited to Sandy's Treedome, they forget to keep hydrated and shrivel up to a dried-up starfish and kitchen sponge, and are restored by pouring water over them.



** In one episode, a device allows for the ''re-dehydration'' of one particularly unredeemable experiment.
* Parodied in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' when [[TooDumbToLive Fry]] choked on a dehydrated tent by eating it in pill form and drinking some water.
** A pool is filled with ''Dehydrated Water'' (Dead leaves and chlorine included). Just throw a cup of water and the pool fills up!

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** In one episode, a device allows for the ''re-dehydration'' of one particularly unredeemable irredeemable experiment.
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Parodied in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' when [[TooDumbToLive Fry]] choked chokes on a dehydrated tent by eating it in pill form and drinking some water.
** A swimming pool in "Crimes of the Hot" is filled with ''Dehydrated Water'' (Dead leaves and chlorine included). Just throw a cup of water and the pool fills up!



* [[spoiler:After returning from a trip to outer space, having apparently not aged in that time]], [[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Rocko and Heffer]] are getting used to what is, from their perspective, the future. Heffer loves it.

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* [[spoiler:After WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife:
** "Hut, Sut, Raw" had Rocko, Heffer, and Filbert go on a camping trip. At one point, Rocko takes out of bag of [[MindScrew "Instant Fire" with the instructions "Just Add Water!"]]
** In "Future Schlock", after
returning from a trip to outer space, having apparently not aged in that time]], [[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife time, Rocko and Heffer]] Heffer are getting used to what is, from their perspective, the future. Heffer loves it.



-->'''Heffer:''' I love the future.
** Another episode had Rocko, Heffer, and Filbert go on a camping trip. At one point, Rocko takes out of bag of [[MindScrew "Instant Fire" with the instructions "Just Add Water!"]]

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-->'''Heffer:''' I love the future.
** Another episode had Rocko, Heffer, and Filbert go on a camping trip. At one point, Rocko takes out of bag of [[MindScrew "Instant Fire" with the instructions "Just Add Water!"]]
future!
30th Mar '17 8:25:10 AM FekketCantenel
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* In ''Literature/EdenGreen'' and sequel ''Literature/NewNight'', humans infected with an alien needle symbiote are able to regrow entire parts of their bodies after disastrous injuries, a process that uses mostly water as raw material.
11th Mar '17 2:51:16 AM jormis29
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Dragon magazine #73 had the Pill of Plentiful Water. Just add a tiny amount of water to it and it would expand and become a gallon of water.
* Chaosium's ''Stormbringer'' supplement ''Stormbringer Companion''. When placed in water, a waterhorse wafer will swell up and become a full sized waterhorse (a demon from the Plane of Probability.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Dragon magazine ''Magazine/DragonMagazine'' #73 had the Pill of Plentiful Water. Just add a tiny amount of water to it and it would expand and become a gallon of water.
* Chaosium's ''Stormbringer'' Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s ''TabletopGame/{{Stormbringer}}'' supplement ''Stormbringer Companion''. When placed in water, a waterhorse wafer will swell up and become a full sized waterhorse (a demon from the Plane of Probability.
19th Nov '16 5:25:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* The original Space Quest game from Sierra On-Line, featured a canister of dehydrated water (hydrogen gas). Part of the game takes place on a desert planet; you actually have to drink the water to avoid dying. You could also throw the canister at the creature Orat. His belly would swell up and he would explode.

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* The original Space Quest ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' game from Sierra On-Line, featured a canister of dehydrated water (hydrogen gas). Part of the game takes place on a desert planet; you actually have to drink the water to avoid dying. You could also throw the canister at the creature Orat. His belly would swell up and he would explode.



* Played straight in an episode of ''WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' where melons and other foods are dehydrated to tiny sized, and spring back to normal in a pool.

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* Played straight in an episode of ''WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' where melons and other foods are dehydrated to tiny sized, and spring back to normal in a pool.
9th Nov '16 11:10:45 AM nombretomado
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In a way it's connected to the tendency in sci-fi for large, complex objects to [[ImpossiblyCompactFolding fold or retract into small ones]], such as [[TheJetsons George Jetson's]] car turning into a suitcase, those vanishing animal-head masks in ''Series/StargateSG1'', or the capsule items in ''{{Dragonball}}''. In all of these cases, the shrunken item is easily carried, implying all that mass actually went somewhere else. At the very least, there's an overarching trope here- the idea that if you make an object smaller, it magically [[HollywoodDensity gets lighter too]].

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In a way it's connected to the tendency in sci-fi for large, complex objects to [[ImpossiblyCompactFolding fold or retract into small ones]], such as [[TheJetsons [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson's]] car turning into a suitcase, those vanishing animal-head masks in ''Series/StargateSG1'', or the capsule items in ''{{Dragonball}}''. In all of these cases, the shrunken item is easily carried, implying all that mass actually went somewhere else. At the very least, there's an overarching trope here- the idea that if you make an object smaller, it magically [[HollywoodDensity gets lighter too]].
15th Aug '16 11:58:13 PM Nyerguds
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* The instant food in ''Film/TheFifthElement'', which has to be parodying this trope - Leeloo shakes what looks like a little salt or pepper into a bowl, something small is heard rolling in the bowl, and after a few seconds in a microwave, it has become an entire roast chicken with vegetables.

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* The instant food in ''Film/TheFifthElement'', which has to be parodying this trope - Leeloo shakes grabs what looks like a little salt or pepper into a bowl, shaker, off-screen something small is heard rolling in into the bowl, and after a few seconds in a microwave, it has become an entire roast chicken with vegetables.
15th Aug '16 11:56:54 PM Nyerguds
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* The instant food in ''Film/TheFifthElement'', which has to be parodying this trope - Leloo shakes what looks like a little salt or pepper into a bowl, and after a few seconds in a microwave, it has become an entire roast chicken with vegetables.

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* The instant food in ''Film/TheFifthElement'', which has to be parodying this trope - Leloo Leeloo shakes what looks like a little salt or pepper into a bowl, something small is heard rolling in the bowl, and after a few seconds in a microwave, it has become an entire roast chicken with vegetables.
25th Jun '16 12:32:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* An episode of ''SecretSquirrel'' had him defeat the [[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood Big Bad Wolf]] by trapping him in a dehydrated grandma's house (which [[AmusingInjuries shrunk when the sun dried it out again]]).

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* An episode of ''SecretSquirrel'' ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'' had him defeat the [[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood Big Bad Wolf]] by trapping him in a dehydrated grandma's house (which [[AmusingInjuries shrunk when the sun dried it out again]]).
4th Apr '16 3:18:21 PM passivesmoking
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There is an element of TruthInTelevision to this trope, at least as far as foodstuffs with a high water content go, as water actually is quite dense. A 1m x 1m x 1m cube of water weighs in at a metric tonne[[note]]Allowing for some variation based on the water's temperature[[note]] so if you can remove the water from a foodstuff you can remove a significant chunk of its mass. The reconstituted product you get from adding the water back is rarely remotely as palatable as the pre-dehydration product was (though some fruits make quite enjoyable snacks as dried fruit).

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There is an element of TruthInTelevision to this trope, at least as far as foodstuffs with a high water content go, as water actually is quite dense. A 1m x 1m x 1m cube of water weighs in at a metric tonne[[note]]Allowing for some variation based on the water's temperature[[note]] temperature[[/note]] so if you can remove the water from a foodstuff you can remove a significant chunk of its mass. The reconstituted product you get from adding the water back is rarely remotely as palatable as the pre-dehydration product was (though some fruits make quite enjoyable snacks as dried fruit).
4th Apr '16 3:17:10 PM passivesmoking
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There is an element of TruthInTelevision to this trope, at least as far as foodstuffs with a high water content go, as water actually is quite dense. A 1m x 1m x 1m cube of water weighs in at a metric tonne[[note]]Allowing for some variation based on the water's temperature[[note]] so if you can remove the water from a foodstuff you can remove a significant chunk of its mass. The reconstituted product you get from adding the water back is rarely remotely as palatable as the pre-dehydration product was (though some fruits make quite enjoyable snacks as dried fruit).
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