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Quick Sand

My sister said a lot of tv shows and movies in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s had us all thinking that quick sand was a bigger threat than it actually turned out to be. It never lived up to the hype, thank God. I told her I do remember David Banner getting sucked into quick sand and having to rely on transforming into The Hulk to save himself. Every episode the Hulk would eventually run off all mad until he collapsed from exhaustion into a field and fall asleep among the daisies, which caused him to calm down and turn back into David again. So bizarre, but we believed it could really happen. My brother said Gilligan’s Island had some bad spots, and we almost lost Thurston in one episode. Was there a quicksand task force back then that dried up all these problem areas, because you never hear of tourists getting caught up in that? I’ve never seen Carnival Cruises cancel excursions on the Islands due to entire families taking selfies and not noticing they were engulfed in quick sand. Even shows like Swiss Family Robinson, Blazing Saddles, the Lone Ranger, Fantasy Island, Bionic Woman, Batman, The Fall Guy, and The Lucy Show all gave us that sinking feeling as they featured characters slowly getting pulled in, and the more you struggled to get out the faster you went under! Terrifying. Lawrence of Arabia, one of the greatest films of all time with seven Academy Awards had quick sand. Poor Tarzan had to yank Jane out of that mess too. Even our favorite childhood shows like Captain Caveman, Flintstones, and Scooby Doo featured quick sand episodes, so not even our beloved cartoon characters were safe. Since Saturday morning was the ONLY time back in the day to see our favorite cartoons all week, we’d be yelling at the tv screen in our pj’s that morning to our favorite cartoon character, “Don’t move! You’ll only make it worse! Help is on the way!” We were all traumatized, it’s no wonder we don’t all have PTSD. Thank heavens it’s not actually a thing, and we can walk around normally without that constant threat; we have enough on our plates right now. Do you guys remember any episodes?


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