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31st Aug '16 3:46:38 PM margdean56
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} gets sucked under in a bowl of [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4yj8oOC6i1r2dc3bo1_500.gif Oatmeal]]
* Averted in a ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' strip. Hägar and Lucky Eddie seem to be sinking in a quicksand, but a local (whom only Eddie can speak to, so we only see gibberish) informs them that it isn't quicksand. [[spoiler:It's concrete.]]

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' gets sucked under in a bowl of [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4yj8oOC6i1r2dc3bo1_500.gif Oatmeal]]
oatmeal]]
* Averted in a ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' strip. Hägar and Lucky Eddie seem to be sinking in a quicksand, but a local (whom only Eddie can speak to, so we only see gibberish) informs them that it isn't quicksand. [[spoiler:It's concrete.]]
31st Aug '16 3:44:20 PM margdean56
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In truth, quicksand (while real) isn't terribly common, and exerts none of its movie counterpart's mythical "sucking" power and isn't nearly the StickySituation the movies made it look like. In fact, real quicksand is so dense that you ''can't'' sink in it; the usual advice for someone who finds themselves caught in deep quicksand is to simply relax and float on their back. Struggling in a panic may actually cause you to drag yourself down instead of up, and survival guides stress the importance of staying still if this starts to happen. While animals and people ''do'' sometimes die in quicksand, it's almost never from drowning -- it's from exposure, dehydration or predation after exhausting themselves struggling to get out - with the right combination/consistency of sand, clay, water, and salt, it is nearly impossible to escape the stuff without help.

If you are weighed down by something you can't remove, you could sink, but that would happen even in boring, old regular water.

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In truth, quicksand (while real) isn't terribly common, and exerts none of its movie counterpart's mythical "sucking" power and isn't nearly the StickySituation the movies made it look like. In fact, real quicksand is so dense that you ''can't'' sink in it; the usual advice for someone who finds themselves caught in deep quicksand is to simply relax and float on their back. Struggling in a panic may actually cause you to drag yourself down instead of up, and survival guides stress the importance of staying still if this starts to happen. While animals and people ''do'' sometimes die in quicksand, it's almost never from drowning -- it's from exposure, dehydration or predation after exhausting themselves struggling to get out - with out. With the right combination/consistency of sand, clay, water, and salt, it is nearly impossible to escape the stuff without help.

If you are weighed down by something you can't remove, you could sink, but that would happen even in boring, boring old regular water.



Although not always strictly "sand", tidal flats (mudflats) have mud which is actually closer to the danger portrayed in fiction as quicksand. The tide regularly refreshes the surface and smooth implies solid to people. Viscosity decreases after an initial stress. More to the point, being a tidal flat, it's a case where people actually ARE at risk for their lives, since tides have this funny way of coming back in after going out. There are tidal flats which have seen so many deaths the locals are tired of watching stupid people die, but it's not wholly clear how much that is getting stuck in one specific spot versus getting trapped some distance from dry ground on slow-to-traverse terrain or attempting to wait on an insecure bit of slightly higher ground as the tide comes in around you.

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Although not always strictly "sand", tidal flats (mudflats) have mud which is actually closer to the danger portrayed in fiction as quicksand. The tide regularly refreshes the surface and smooth implies solid to people. Viscosity decreases after an initial stress. More to the point, being a tidal flat, it's a case where people actually ARE at risk for of their lives, since tides have this funny way of coming back in after going out. There are tidal flats which have seen so many deaths the locals are tired of watching stupid people die, but it's not wholly clear how much that is getting stuck in one specific spot versus getting trapped some distance from dry ground on slow-to-traverse terrain or attempting to wait on an insecure bit of slightly higher ground as the tide comes in around you.
20th Aug '16 3:46:55 PM GottamsReckoning
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* The seventh generation of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, starting with ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', added the sand castle like Pokémon Palossand, who absorbs the life of the prey it catches. In [[http://www.pokemon-sunmoon.com/media/uploads/aug_18_19/pokemon-770x562-palossand.jpg one illustration]], it is seen swallowing a [[SeriesMascot Pikachu]] in a very similar way to a quicksand.
17th Aug '16 11:59:43 PM PaulA
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* During a stint of being ReassignedToAntarctica, [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] runs across a nasty arctic version called a "Permofrost Inversion Zone"; this appears to be solid ground, but has the potentially lethal property of unexpectedly thawing into a gooey sea of mud. Miles manages to sink an entire "scat-cat" (a kind of arctic all-terrain jeep) in one after he parks on top of it rather than try to drive back to base at night, and very nearly dies because he chained his tent to it.

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* ''Literature/TheVorGame'': During a stint of being ReassignedToAntarctica, [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] Vorkosigan runs across a nasty arctic version called a "Permofrost Inversion Zone"; this appears to be solid ground, but has the potentially lethal property of unexpectedly thawing into a gooey sea of mud. Miles manages to sink an entire "scat-cat" (a kind of arctic all-terrain jeep) in one after he parks on top of it rather than try to drive back to base at night, and very nearly dies because he chained his tent to it.
27th Jul '16 8:11:09 AM Kakai
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* Mentioned in ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'' when Kenton notices a patch of loose sand and makes a mention of its danger. Of course, the final sphere he has to acquire to pass his exam sits right in its centre.
27th Jul '16 6:27:48 AM Arivne
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** In Double Adventure ''Marooned/Marooned Alone'', {{PC}}s can encounter dangerous quicksand in the jungles of the planet Pagliacci. If trapped, they'll be sucked under in 4-9 minutes.

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** In Double Adventure 4 ''Marooned/Marooned Alone'', {{PC}}s can encounter dangerous quicksand in the jungles of the planet Pagliacci. If trapped, they'll be sucked under in 4-9 minutes.
25th Jul '16 1:06:17 PM Willbyr
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* Sir Crocodile's "Desert Girasole" attack in ''OnePiece'' involves him using his sand-controlling powers to create a giant whirlpool of quicksand. He does explain, however, that he's tapping into an underground water source to do this, and he's never seen doing it outside of a desert.

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* Sir Crocodile's "Desert Girasole" attack in ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' involves him using his sand-controlling powers to create a giant whirlpool of quicksand. He does explain, however, that he's tapping into an underground water source to do this, and he's never seen doing it outside of a desert.
2nd Jul '16 8:49:43 PM Benthelame
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*''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' uses this trope in "The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty" Quicksand is one of many obstacles they must face on the quest and if that weren't bad enough, this quicksand inflicts LaserGuidedAmnesia!

-->'''Sylvia:''' (up to her waist in quicksand with Wander] "What were we doing again?"
-->(Both look down at the sand)
-->'''Sylvia:''' "Oh Yeah."
-->'''Both:''' "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!"
26th Jun '16 8:56:50 PM FordPrefect
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** An example in real life which has taken many lives is the Niagra Falls. The massive amount of fallen water has the same effect of the aerated water of ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' and has resulted in many people drowning.

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** An example in real life which has taken many lives is the Niagra Niagara Falls. The massive amount of fallen falling water has the same effect of as the aerated water of ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' and has resulted in many people drowning.
25th Jun '16 12:15:28 PM Prfnoff
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* Done in ''[[CountYorga The Return of Count Yorga]]'' which the titular vampire has a pit right behind his house which uses to conveniently dump bodies of those he doesn't want turned undead, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OqJymbuvG8&list=PLB68E5143DC0E74BA&index=8 or dealing with meddling priests.]]

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* Done in ''[[CountYorga ''[[Film/CountYorga The Return of Count Yorga]]'' which the titular vampire has a pit right behind his house which uses to conveniently dump bodies of those he doesn't want turned undead, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OqJymbuvG8&list=PLB68E5143DC0E74BA&index=8 or dealing with meddling priests.]]



* In ''Southern Comfort'', one of the National Guardsmen meets his demise in sinking quicksand.

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* In ''Southern Comfort'', ''Film/SouthernComfort'', one of the National Guardsmen meets his demise in sinking quicksand.
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