In the Ducktales series, Uncle Scrooge is famous for highdiving into his money bin.

I've always wondered how he does it without hurting himself. Wouldn't he bang his head and knock himself out? Is there an in-universe explanation?

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    He makes sure that all his funds are in liquid assets. – Mike Scott Nov 14 '17 at 17:51
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    You have a cartoon with intelligent, talking, civilized animals and "dive into money without hurting" is what breaks the suspension of disbelief? :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Nov 15 '17 at 6:22
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    You're not the first one to wonder about this. In the comics, there is no explanation as to how he does it (because, well, you really can't do this), but it is at least made clear this is a skill unique to Scrooge -- when the Beagle Boys did it, they just landed on a very hard pile of gold. – Jeroen Mostert Nov 15 '17 at 11:29
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    To wake for an answer, but as a kid I once read a comic, where some adversaries (I think the Beagle Boys) where defeated by letting them try to dive and knock themselves out in the process. So it was used as a plot device even. – kratenko Nov 15 '17 at 12:37
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It took him years of practice.

This question was finally answered in-universe in the new Ducktales S01E3 "The Great Dime Chase":

[Huey attempts to dive]

Scrooge: Are you out of your head? You'll crack your skull open!

Huey: But you swim in money all the time!

Scrooge: Yes, but I worked hard to perfect that skill, building muscles and dexterity.

Ducktales - The Money Bin Jump - Promo

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    I don't think this is even an answer. If we knew the technique he practiced for example ... I btw always thought he was able to because he is a cartoon duck – Raditz_35 Nov 14 '17 at 17:29
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    @Raditz_35 There wouldn't be a realistic technique for doing that. I assume it was the show poking fun at the idea of a pool of money. – JMac Nov 14 '17 at 17:31
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    @Raditz_35 The show felt it was indeed an answer, or at least a skill that can be learned.... – TheAsh Nov 14 '17 at 17:32
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    He seems to be saying "Yes, but I worked hard to perfect that skill", not what is currently written. – Harris Nov 15 '17 at 1:43
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    I always assumed that scrooge was more dense than his gold... – hamsolo474 Nov 15 '17 at 4:21

In the comics there is also an explanation: in the eleventh part of the comic book The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, by Don Rosa (The Empire-Builder from Calisota), where Scrooge is pushed off a cliff by some bandits planning to hijack his train full of gold.

"[...] Scrooge thought "it's the end" but he miraculously found that he could dive through the hard metal coins as if they were liquid [...] Apparently, his years of bathing and burrowing through his money had taught him some instinctive trick [...]".

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    This doesn't really explain anything, though, as Barks (wisely) avoids going into detail about how an ability to "bathe and burrow" through his money (which is already implausible, especially if he moved to any significant depth) would extrapolate to suddenly becoming able to dive into it with great force. The cheeky "it works only in cash" is the icing on the cake. A masterful application of handwaving. :-) – Jeroen Mostert Nov 15 '17 at 18:33
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    @JeroenMostert yeah, absolutely right. Mind you, it also doesn't explain how an intelligent talking duck exists either. – gbjbaanb Nov 15 '17 at 19:24
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    @JeroenMostert - Note: Don Rosa, not Carl Barks. Don would be the last person to claim credit for something Barks used first - it's only fair to note what Don himself added to the canon. – RDFozz Nov 15 '17 at 19:33
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    @gbjbaanb: but that's different. The talking duck is clearly a given, and asking how talking ducks exist in the Ducktales universe would just be silly. :-) – Jeroen Mostert Nov 15 '17 at 20:33
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    And don't forget that Barks addressed this in his very first full-length Uncle Scrooge story "Only a Poor Old Man". imgur.com/a/ivTc6 – Quasi_Stomach Nov 16 '17 at 17:18

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