Swimming Through Syrup

You probably don't want to try this at home, so let us save you the trouble: You can swim through syrup just as fast as you can swim through water. Although the syrup's thickness causes more drag, it also allows the swimmer to generate more propulsion. The University of Minnesota tested this fact in 2004, filling a 25-meter swimming pool with a mixture of water and guar gum. Both competitive and recreational swimmers swam as quickly in the goop as they did in standard water. The Mythbusters achieved similar results in 2009, even in a syrup that was 500 times thicker than water.

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Written by Curiosity Staff June 19, 2015

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