|Man immersed in mud for four hours in Atlanta, Georgia|
The video compared this situation to quicksand, but I'm not sure that the analogy is correct. Quicksand is an example of a "thixotropic" fluid, one that starts as a solid and becomes weaker when it is shaken, aggitated or stressed. If my interpretation of the video is correct, this mud became stronger as he struggled so it may be an example of a "rheopectic" material, one whose viscosity increases the longer it undergoes shearing. Such materials are fairly rare, but of increasing interest in military and sports applications where a major goal is to create materials that reduce the stress due to impact. For instance, a shoe that incorporates rheoplectic materials in its cushioning might help protect the feet of runners, jumpers, and hurdlers. Helmets and body armors with such materials would reduce body trauma from projectiles.
Or it may be some other wonderful wierd behavior! Readers comments welcome!