March 02, 2005
Quicksand

Also via Rushkoff: A nice thread on quicksand:

What happened to it? When I was a kid, guys on TV - usually cowboys and villains, but sometimes even explorers or Wild Kingdom trackers - would get stuck in quicksand at least once a week. I mean, it was a regular dramatic convention, seemingly as popular as, say, DNA tests on hair strands are in television, today.
As usual in blogland comment run all the way from "It's a myth - it doesn't exist" to footage of real quicksand as well as artificially created dry quicksand that will swallow even objects as light as a ping pong ball.
I remember an old physics friend telling me that the structural physics of this kind of material are really quite badly understood.

Posted by Claus at March 02, 2005 09:50 PM | TrackBack (0)
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