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Old 10 October 2009, 02:48 PM
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Mister Ed A donkey will sink in quicksand, but a mule will not

Comment: A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule will not....

Obviously a pile of c**p but all the people in my office think it's true!
Please can you prove this wrong and put it on your site!
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Old 10 October 2009, 06:26 PM
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Given that nothing actually sinks in quicksand (sinks, as in the Hollywood notion of sinking in quicksand, becoming fully submerged), yeah, it's a load of crap.
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Old 31 October 2009, 08:14 PM
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Well, donkeys are much shorter than mules.


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Old 21 December 2009, 07:38 PM
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So if the mule weighs the same as a duck . . . .
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Old 21 December 2009, 08:31 PM
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Given that nothing actually sinks in quicksand (sinks, as in the Hollywood notion of sinking in quicksand, becoming fully submerged), yeah, it's a load of crap.
I would not say nothing. Anything that can not displace its weight in quicksand will sink. Some times quite slowly.

The problem with animals is that the movement to free ones self can easily pull them under. So is there anything different in how a donkey and a mule react when they start sinking into the ground. This may be the difference if any as to why one escapes and the other does not.

I do not know enough about the to animals to answer the question. Just putting forward a possible answer as to why one may and other may not.
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Old 21 December 2009, 08:37 PM
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You know, that must be some office, where people sit around and talk about what animals will sink in quicksand and what animals will not. Maybe it's a Government office.

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Old 21 December 2009, 09:36 PM
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But does the donkey braying for help in the quicksand make an echo?
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Old 21 December 2009, 09:56 PM
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You know, that must be some office, where people sit around and talk about what animals will sink in quicksand and what animals will not. Maybe it's a Government office.
Maybe we can submit a tender proposal for outsourcing the job to this thread. We cut in snopes for, say 10%, then set up an IPO to sell off shares and before you know it we are too big to fail.

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Old 21 December 2009, 10:06 PM
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I would not say nothing. Anything that can not displace its weight in quicksand will sink. Some times quite slowly.
Okay, not nothing. Living things or things with natural buoyancy.
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The problem with animals is that the movement to free ones self can easily pull them under.
Cite?

Mythbusters does quicksand. Around the 4 minute mark. And they say that the animals that died in quicksand did so as a result of dehydration and exposure to the elements, not drowning.
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Old 21 December 2009, 10:54 PM
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You know, that must be some office, where people sit around and talk about what animals will sink in quicksand and what animals will not.
Equine insurance? Neigh. National Equine Institute of Granular Hydrogels.
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Old 21 December 2009, 11:13 PM
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Mythbusters does quicksand. Around the 4 minute mark. And they say that the animals that died in quicksand did so as a result of dehydration and exposure to the elements, not drowning.
When you fall into remember one thing you can never ever sink in completely in a quicksand. The density of this sandy mixture is such that you can float more easily on it than on water. Its the struggle which makes sinking hasten .The only tough part is getting out. For this you need to stay calm and preferably get that pole we talked about.

First try to spread out your body in all directions. The first thing you should try is laying on your back .This is easier when you had fallen leg first .If you had tripped and fallen with your head first in the sand your first reaction will be panic and desperate attempts to get it out with your hands on the liquid sand . This will only cause the head to sink deeper. Here you should instead try to hold your breath for a few seconds .The natural buoyancy of your body will gradually lift you up.


This is one of several site that found about extracting yourself from quicksand. They all say some thing along the lines of a panicked struggle will make things worse and can even pull you head under.

It is also hard to find quicksand deep enough that you can drown standing up. You usually reach solid ground first.

Of course animal are not built like us humans. They tend to have all 4 limbs on the ground with head up high. So they will most likely sink down to the solid ground with head and most of body above the quicksand. If it is deep enough that the can not lift leg out of quicksand they be able to move. So they exhaust themselves and starve to death. If animal panics and rolls it self on to its side then tries using head for movement. Then I could see it drowning, but it would have to work at it. I also do not see this as typical behavior.

While Myth busters simulated liquefaction, I do not think they came close some the sticky stuff you can find in the wild.
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Old 22 December 2009, 04:34 PM
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Mules are too stubborn to sink, obviously. Donkeys, being naturally Eeyore-like in temperament, stoically face their quicksandy fate and succumb to the inevitable. Mules refuse.
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Old 22 December 2009, 04:51 PM
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Mules are too stubborn to sink, obviously. Donkeys, being naturally Eeyore-like in temperament, stoically face their quicksandy fate and succumb to the inevitable. Mules refuse.
"Thanks for sinking of me...."
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