Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Swimming in Syrup vs. Swimming in Water

Imagine swimming in a pool of pancake syrup! Would you be able to do it? Would it be slower than swimming in water? The guy from the Action Lab went out and bought a bunch of pancake syrup to find out, but instead of a pool with swimmers, he used tubs with mechanical toys. Still, there was a university experiment done with pools and human swimmers, but sadly, they used something twice the viscosity of water but much cheaper and less tasty. However, when he posed the question, I pictured swimming in something as viscous as honey or even molasses, and that's a whole other story, which he addresses toward the end of this video. (via Digg)


Bruce said...

Mythbusters did this years ago. They made a swimming lane and swam in the syrup themselves.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hey, I expected him to fill a full-sized swimming pool with syrup! I got cheated!