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A swimming pool is filled with something meant for consumption other than water

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Proposed By:
zarpaulus on May 13th 2018 at 8:45:59 AM
Last Edited By:
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.

Sub-Trope of Conspicuous Consumption. Compare Pooled Funds when the pool is full of currency instead.


Examples:

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.

Literature

  • 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.

Web Animation

  • 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.

Webcomics

Web Original

  • 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.

Western Animation

  • 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.

Real Life

  • 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.

Feedback: 26 replies

May 25th 2018 at 4:31:24 AM

There's a concept, I think it's been used on both Brainiacs and Mythbusters, used to demonstrate that it is possible to walk on water if you mix enough of some other stuff into the water first. Can't recall off hand what was used in the American version, but the British pop-science show Brainiacs experimented by filling a swimming pool full of custard. The theory is that while custard remains a liquid, it is possible for somebody to run across the top of it, if they keep moving quickly. Something about non-newtonian fluids, apparently. Custard (Creme anglais) is of course a sweet egg-based sauce poured over desserts.

May 13th 2018 at 1:50:25 PM

  • 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.

May 14th 2018 at 12:26:21 AM

Compare Pooled Funds.

Would a pool of, say, candy or cereal count?

May 14th 2018 at 12:19:31 AM

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May 14th 2018 at 12:34:19 AM

Films - 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.

May 14th 2018 at 8:44:05 AM

I've heard of milk therapy and chocolate therapy where you bath in a tub full of milk or chocolate. I don't know the details though.

May 14th 2018 at 8:53:23 AM

  • 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.

Vir
May 14th 2018 at 10:34:39 PM

  • In the late-series Ed Edd N Eddy episode "All Eds Are Off", Ed drops his box of instant gravy mix in the community swimming pool, turning the water into gravy.

May 15th 2018 at 12:13:32 AM

Edible Swimming Pool makes it sound like the pool itself can be eaten, not its contents.

May 15th 2018 at 8:22:38 AM

In The Last Man On Earth, Phil fills an inflatable kiddie pool with tequila and lime juice and makes himself a margarita pool.

May 15th 2018 at 9:12:32 AM

  • In the Ed Edd N Eddy 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.

May 15th 2018 at 9:21:08 AM

@Diask: I don't know, at least half of these examples are at least semi-liquid.

May 15th 2018 at 9:42:29 AM

May 15th 2018 at 10:39:51 PM

Pool Full Of Edible? Anyway, another example.

May 16th 2018 at 12:53:54 AM

  • 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.

May 16th 2018 at 2:13:41 PM

Now that the title is clearer, I've hatted this.

May 16th 2018 at 2:42:28 PM

May 19th 2018 at 12:31:05 PM

the name is really clunky and grammatically awkward.

whats wrong with Food Filled Pool or something to that effect. Pooled Foods to go along with Pooled Funds

May 19th 2018 at 4:05:07 PM

^ Do you consider booze or soda to be "food"?

May 19th 2018 at 5:10:52 PM

for this purpose.... yes? i know they're technically 'drinks'

At least Edible Pool Filling so that it's not such an awkward title

May 19th 2018 at 6:42:06 PM

^ I agree, the distinction between food and drink isn't really significant here, and the current title is a bit clunky,

  • The Mythbusters filled a pool with syrup to test the myth that you can swim in it as fast as in water.

May 19th 2018 at 7:54:32 PM

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.

May 24th 2018 at 6:47:23 PM

Not A Trope. The description suggests that to have a pool filled with anything other than water is a narrative sign of being wealthy... most of the examples are either not that or have no (good) context. In any case, that sounds absurd, perhaps if its an Idle Rich Man Child then having a hot tub of mac n cheese would make sense, but I'm not sure that's ever happened in media. Not that using a pool of random food or drink is a common indicator of wealth, anyway. Perhaps it would be tropeable if it was limited to something luxurious, like "I'm so rich I bathe in liquid gold" or "... in expensive champagne" or "...it's really caviar", or "...it's edible Belgian truffle water, even though it's transparent". Obviously related to jumping into a mountain of gold coins and rolling around in bills. As-is, it's bad.

May 24th 2018 at 6:49:44 PM

And, yes, without the qualifier of the "indicates wealth", it's just a pool filled with food, which bears no narrative significance besides being bizarre. You could re-tool it into "quirky characters are unaware of the bizarreness" or "little kids try to make/have a dream about swimming in a pool of their favourite food".

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