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Hobarticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 09:54 AM
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Science sinks the myth of a slow death in quicksand
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Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 09:55 AM by Hobarticus
By Mark Henderson, Science Correspondent

IT IS a staple scene of B-movies and Westerns: the cowboy stumbles into a patch of quicksand and is sucked under until only his stetson remains on top, or sinks up to his neck until hauled out by his sidekick. Both scenarios have now been proved to fly in the face of physics. Research has shown that it is impossible for people to sink into quicksand much beyond the waist but it is equally impossible to pull someone out once they are stuck.

Any attempt to drag a person out with a horse or truck would put them in much greater danger than leaving them be: the forces involved would tear them apart. To pull a persons foot out would require as much force as it takes to lift a family car, and the body would give way before the sand relinquished its grip.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-1802439,0...

That pretty makes every cowboy movie I watched as a kid a bald-faced lie, even the ones without Ronnie Reagan.
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