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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).
9th Jan '16 8:41:45 PM nombretomado
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* The ''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 ''SpongebobSquarepants'' ''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.
31st Dec '15 12:59:02 PM Doug86
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* In the episode of ''KenanAndKel'' set in the year 3000, the characters buy all of their food in tablet form. When they add water to the tablets, they turn into the actual food.

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* In the episode of ''KenanAndKel'' ''Series/KenanAndKel'' set in the year 3000, the characters buy all of their food in tablet form. When they add water to the tablets, they turn into the actual food.
22nd Dec '15 8:48:53 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has ration packets that contain a powdery substance. Drop the powder in a bowl, add a little water, and in seconds it becomes a big, round, muffin-thing.
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