zarpaulus on May 13th 2018 at 8:45:59 AM
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zarpaulus on May 24th 2018 at 6:49:44 PM
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What does every moderately wealthy person need to have these days? A swimming pool is often on the list. But if you're really rich why fill it with boring old water? Why not gelatin, or pudding, or booze?
The real reason is that most consumables would clog up the filters pools use to keep the water clean and you can't really swim that easily in something like gelatin.
Film - Animated
- In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, one of the many jell-o constructs Flint makes is a swimming pool full of the stuff. Deconstructed when he and Sam go to use the thing, though... Flint smacks against the surface of the pool due to not having enough momentum, while Sam punctures it and ends up about three feet down... and stays there.
- An iconic scene from every version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the chocolate river, which Willy Wonka claims is a key part of the mixing process. In a bit of a subversion though he gets angry when somebody dips his hands in it and falls in, but has no problem running a boat on it.
Live Action TV
- In The Last Man on Earth, Phil fills an inflatable kiddie pool with tequila and lime juice and makes himself a margarita pool.
- An episode of Kenan & Kel has Kel hoping to attend an Orange Soda Festival, the attractions at which include a swimming pool full of it.
- The Mythbusters once filled a pool with syrup to test the myth that you can swim through it as easily as water.
- The Strong Bad Email "Winter Pool" featured Strong Bad and Homestar filling up a pool with gelatin. Reality Ensues when they end up sinking to the bottom, forcing The King of Town to suck up the whole thing in order to rescue them.
- Housepets! the Milton ferrets are known for filling their Olympic-sized pool with gelatin and the jacuzzi with chocolate fondue.
- xkcd strip Michael Phelps shows two people trying to catch Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps by dumping Jello into the pool... which he promptly eats in a short time.
- What If?
- For Free Fall, Randall assumes that there's a pit at the bottom of the cliff filled with something to safely break one's fall, like cotton candy.
- In Lake Tea, Alex asks how strong would a tea made from dumping all the world's tea into the Great Lakes be. "Weak, bordering on homeopathic.", answers Randall. He concludes, however, that by dumping 2700 tons of tea into Frying Pan Lake when it's particularly hot, one could brew a year's worth of tea in minutes.
- In one episode of American Dad! where Steve briefly became fantastically wealthy, he filled a pool with jello. Into which Roger shoved Steve's lookalike, causing him to asphyxiate.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy:
- In the late-series episode "All Eds Are Off", Ed drops his box of instant gravy mix in the community swimming pool, turning the water into gravy.
- In the episode Knock Knock Who's Ed?, the Eds try making a pool full of lime-flavored gelatin to capitalize on the summer-heat. Unfortunately, it seems that Edd has underestimated the viscosity of the gelatin, and the pool is simply a large, quivering mound of the stuff. To make matters worse, Ed drinks the pool, leaving him and his friends scamless.
- Spongebob Squarepants: The Patty Vault in the back of Krusty Krab contains mountains of Krabby Patty which Squidward (who recently gets addicted on it) swims in while eating it by the dozens.
- In Chowder, the title character Chowder has an Imagine Spot of himself diving into chocolate pudding.
- The Phineas and Ferb episode "Day of the Living Gelatin" has the boys making the world's largest gelatin dessert by filling a swimming pool with as many boxes of gelatin as they can get. Unfortunately the massive gelatin gets hit with Doofenshmirtz's Turn-Everything-Evil-inator which turns it into an evil monster.
- The last emperors of China's semi-mythical Xia and Shang dynasties are alleged to have built artificial lakes filled with wine, among other forms of decadence at the taxpayers' expense that led to their downfalls.
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