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30th Jun '16 7:04:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', the trio write "SOS" on the beach of the DesertedIsland they are stranded on.

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* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', the trio write "SOS" on the beach of the DesertedIsland they are stranded on.



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* Played straight in Creator/JoeHaldeman's early ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_of_Judgment Planet of Judgment]]". When Captain Kirk's survey party is trapped on a planet without means of communication, they lay out a series of symbols once used by stranded airmen to communicate with the Enterprise.

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* Played straight in Creator/JoeHaldeman's early ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_of_Judgment Planet of Judgment]]". When Captain Kirk's survey party is trapped on a planet without means of communication, they lay out a series of symbols once used by stranded airmen to communicate with the Enterprise.



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* In the original ''Survival Kids'' game (the series that went on to become ''VideoGame/LostInBlue''), the way to get the quickest ending was to build one of these on the beach. You'd then get rescued. (It is, of course, a long ways from the Best Ending, which you need to unlock New Game Plus mode--in which your character rescues the other child on the island, befriends them, the two of you escape on a Lost Technology ship, and grow up to get married.)

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* In the original ''Survival Kids'' game (the series that went on to become ''VideoGame/LostInBlue''), the way to get the quickest ending was to build one of these on the beach. You'd then get rescued. (It is, of course, a long ways from the Best Ending, which you need to unlock New Game Plus mode--in which your character rescues the other child on the island, befriends them, the two of you escape on a Lost Technology ship, and grow up to get married.) )



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* In 2015, a 63 year-old British tourist called Geoff Keys got lost in the Australian outback. He was found after a search helicopter spotted the message "HELP 2807 -->" (the latter parts was the date and an arrow pointing in the direction he was travelling) that Geoff had carved in into the sand.

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* In 2015, a 63 year-old British tourist called Geoff Keys got lost in the Australian outback. He was found after a search helicopter spotted the message "HELP 2807 -->" (the latter parts was the date and an arrow pointing in the direction he was travelling) that Geoff had carved in into the sand.
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26th Mar '16 8:32:55 PM jormis29
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* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': Linda goes for a flying lesson in the "Seaplane!" episode and it turns out that the instructor likes to fake an emergency landing near a remote island then seduce his female students with a picnic of wine and cheese that just so happens to have. After the seaplane floats off, Linda makes a help message out of the wine bottles that he left from his previous visits.
-->'''Linda''': Sheesh, this island's seen a lot of emergency landings.



** "TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I, BENDER, BID YOU HELLO! YOU DON'T KNOW ME, THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF ME, BUT THAT'S NOT THE POINT. LONG STORY SHORT... I NEED HELF"

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** "TO --> TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I, BENDER, BID YOU HELLO! YOU DON'T KNOW ME, THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF ME, BUT THAT'S NOT THE POINT. LONG STORY SHORT... I NEED HELF"HELF
13th Feb '16 4:05:43 PM SpaceHunterDrakeRedcrest
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* Parodied in an episode of {{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}, when Brain and Binky are waiting to be picked up by their parents.
-->'''Brain:''' [[DiscussedTrope Binky, that only works for a plane, not a car.]]
8th Oct '15 8:57:34 PM nombretomado
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* Played for laughs in the ''MonicasGang'' story "Sand, Sea and Surprises" where Monica and Jimmy Five get stranded on what they think is a deserted island. At one point, while Monica looks for food, Jimmy Five decides to write a message on the sand with a few twigs... and ends up forming a Monica caricature.

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* Played for laughs in the ''MonicasGang'' ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' story "Sand, Sea and Surprises" where Monica and Jimmy Five get stranded on what they think is a deserted island. At one point, while Monica looks for food, Jimmy Five decides to write a message on the sand with a few twigs... and ends up forming a Monica caricature.
4th Sep '15 6:05:55 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Literature/TheMartian'' Mark considers spelling out messages with rocks for the Mars-orbiting satellites to read as a last resort, in Morse code because dots and dashes are easier to make. [[spoiler: After Pathfinder's radio is fried he does that.]]
23rd Aug '15 10:32:30 PM jormis29
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* In 2015, a 63 year-old British tourist called Geoff Keys got lost in the Australian outback. He was found after a search helicopter spotted the message "HELP 2807 -->" (the later parts was the date and an arrow pointing in the direction he was travelling) that Geoff had carved in into the sand.

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* In 2015, a 63 year-old British tourist called Geoff Keys got lost in the Australian outback. He was found after a search helicopter spotted the message "HELP 2807 -->" (the later latter parts was the date and an arrow pointing in the direction he was travelling) that Geoff had carved in into the sand.
23rd Aug '15 10:28:11 PM jormis29
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23rd Aug '15 10:27:34 PM jormis29
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* In 2015, a 63 year-old British tourist called Geoff Keys got lost in the Australian outback. He was found after a search helicopter spotted the message "HELP 2807 -->" (the later parts was the date and an arrow pointing in the direction he was travelling) that Geoff had carved in into the sand.
6th Jun '15 4:45:52 PM Prfnoff
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* In the original ''SurvivalKids'' game (the series that went on to become ''VideoGame/LostInBlue''), the way to get the quickest ending was to build one of these on the beach. You'd then get rescued. (It is, of course, a long ways from the Best Ending, which you need to unlock New Game Plus mode--in which your character rescues the other child on the island, befriends them, the two of you escape on a Lost Technology ship, and grow up to get married.)

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* In the original ''SurvivalKids'' ''Survival Kids'' game (the series that went on to become ''VideoGame/LostInBlue''), the way to get the quickest ending was to build one of these on the beach. You'd then get rescued. (It is, of course, a long ways from the Best Ending, which you need to unlock New Game Plus mode--in which your character rescues the other child on the island, befriends them, the two of you escape on a Lost Technology ship, and grow up to get married.)
21st May '15 5:09:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''GilligansIsland'' - Upon hearing a radio broadcast that a NASA capsule is crossing the south Pacific (presumably within eyeshot of their island), the castaways try writing "SOS" in burning logs to get their attention. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption As usual]], Gilligan does something that angers the Skipper, and he chases Gilligan across the message, rolling the logs around and distorting the message. When the astronauts fly by, they see the message: "SOL", the name of the mission leader, and assume it's a "You're awesome!" message. Skipper punished Gilligan by making him write "SOS" a zillion times on a chalkboard until the Skipper felt he had enough.
* ''HogansHeroes'' - In one episode Hogan tricks Klink into calling a nighttime fallout rollcall. After all are accounted for and the men are allowed to be at ease, Klink lets the [=POWs=] have a smoke. What Klink doesnt know is that the men are arranged in the form of an arrow, the glowing cigarettes showing an American bomber overhead the correct way to go for their target.
* ''IDreamOfJeannie'' - In the pilot, spacecapsule wrecked astronaut Tony Nelson makes one, inadvertantly using Jeannies bottle as part of the last S.

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* ''GilligansIsland'' ''Series/GilligansIsland'' - Upon hearing a radio broadcast that a NASA capsule is crossing the south Pacific (presumably within eyeshot of their island), the castaways try writing "SOS" in burning logs to get their attention. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption As usual]], Gilligan does something that angers the Skipper, and he chases Gilligan across the message, rolling the logs around and distorting the message. When the astronauts fly by, they see the message: "SOL", the name of the mission leader, and assume it's a "You're awesome!" message. Skipper punished Gilligan by making him write "SOS" a zillion times on a chalkboard until the Skipper felt he had enough.
* ''HogansHeroes'' ''Series/HogansHeroes'' - In one episode Hogan tricks Klink into calling a nighttime fallout rollcall. After all are accounted for and the men are allowed to be at ease, Klink lets the [=POWs=] have a smoke. What Klink doesnt know is that the men are arranged in the form of an arrow, the glowing cigarettes showing an American bomber overhead the correct way to go for their target.
* ''IDreamOfJeannie'' ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' - In the pilot, spacecapsule wrecked astronaut Tony Nelson makes one, inadvertantly using Jeannies bottle as part of the last S.
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