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Why Did We All Grow Up Afraid Of Quicksand?

Why did we all grow up afraid of quicksand? On today's Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, we discussed things as kids we were terrified of, but didn't end up being much of a problem. For example, Nate was afraid of piranhas and one listener called in talking about the Bermuda Triangle. However when Gandhi mentioned her fear of quicksand, many listeners and people commenting on our social media admitted to that same fear. So what made us so afraid of quicksand growing up? Pop-culture of course!

Quicksand was a very popular plot twist in TV shows and movies in the '60s and '70s. This plot line was delivered in what seemed like anywhere for a spring of excitement and suspense in our programming. They were so common in the movies and TV than quicksand actually was in real life. Even series like Gilligan's Island, Batman, Lost In Space and The Incredible Hulk, had moments of quicksand in them. According to one quicksand enthusiast, quicksand appeared in nearly 3% of all movies made in the '60s.

There was also an abundance of sand boxes when we were growing up, that made it feel as though quicksand could happen everywhere. Now sandboxes seem to be a thing of the past and therefore children nowadays don't see it as much of a threat.

Listen to the morning show breakdown quicksand, lava and other things we were afraid of while we were growing up below!

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