How to escape quicksand
Quicksand, formed when sand becomes so saturated with water that it can no longer support weight, can be dangerous—animals and people have died after becoming stuck in the sludge. But an encounter with quicksand doesn’t spell certain doom, as some movies might lead you to believe. Your body is less dense than the quicksand so it’s nearly impossible to completely sink (or be sucked under) if you stay calm. To escape, slowly pull each leg to the surface. Once you’re horizontal, either on your stomach or on your back, you’ll float better and be able to wriggle your way to solid ground.
What to do if you’re buried alive
Modern embalming procedure and the amount of pressure created by tons of dirt on top of the casket make the possibility of waking up six feet under nearly impossible. Still, it happens, so it’s good to be prepared.
Step 1. Hope that you’ve been buried in a cheap pine or wicker box. The chances of breaking out of a more fortified casket are bleak. Step 2. Stay calm. You have about three hours’ worth of oxygen, at most. Yelling and/or panicking will use up some of that precious O2 (as will lighting a match or lighter, if you happen to have one). Step 3. Take off your shirt and use it to protect your face from dirt that will fall into the coffin. Step 4. Kick the lid of the coffin until it breaks. As the dirt rushes in, pack it into the space around your legs and feet. Step 5. Sit up and continue to push the loose dirt into the coffin. Step 6. Stand up and dig your way out of the hole.