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Is Swimming In Syrup Faster or Slower?

  • Published on Jan 10, 2022 veröffentlicht
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  • Magical
    Magical 15 days ago +14242

    Thank you so much now I can swim in syrup 🥰

    • Animal Channel
      Animal Channel 12 hours ago

      For the plastic toys they can swim because they're plastic but it would be too sticky for humans to swik in syrup

    • T2 foxy
      T2 foxy 3 days ago

      @Pg13 i thaught id drown

    • Fireblade
      Fireblade 3 days ago

      @BSOD so you're telling him that he is criticizing a jelly bean fan but u disregarded the fact that the jelly bean guy was criticizing the roblox player

    • IronicIvan
      IronicIvan 3 days ago

      @A Nooby Guest cough cough Brookhaven yters.... So deadly cough

    • Nenes Teiks
      Nenes Teiks 5 days ago

      @A Nooby Guest she is!

  • zack phy
    zack phy 14 days ago +10286

    Mythbusters did an entire episode about this years ago. They also came to the conclusion of it's the same but they actually tested it for real by filling up pools with syrup and swimming in it.

  • coleeto2
    coleeto2 14 days ago +2117

    Swimming through a more viscous liquid would require more effort / energy. The Mythbusters did an episode on this at human scale

    • sajeu cette fois tu ne vas pas me voler le compte
      sajeu cette fois tu ne vas pas me voler le compte 8 days ago

      IF MY MEMORY is good it was a non newtonian liquid

    • Hey Girl I Like Your Kitchen Romania
      Hey Girl I Like Your Kitchen Romania 10 days ago +1

      @vinestick 29
      There's a Clip-Sharer who made a lego press and a crane. check him out. the more wheels he added the better it performed. No stress to his input energy

    • vinestick 29
      vinestick 29 10 days ago

      @Hey Girl I Like Your Kitchen Romania it’ll be harder to rotate more gears to get the same result

    • Hey Girl I Like Your Kitchen Romania
      Hey Girl I Like Your Kitchen Romania 11 days ago

      @amanda bin
      why not put more gears to relieve stress

    • coleeto2
      coleeto2 11 days ago +11

      @Gabriel Santana Cardoso if you were hovering above the liquid water/syrup then yes. Swimming in the syrup the drag force also increases (as viscosity increases).

  • Anime by the Hour
    Anime by the Hour 14 days ago +340

    The difference tho is that swimming through a higher viscosity uses more energy so you tire out faster. That’s why the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 that happened in Boston was so tragic.

    • dane montgomery
      dane montgomery Day ago

      Well they died mostly bc they were being slowly being burned alive by syrup

    • uuuu260
      uuuu260 2 days ago +1

      Grandma: “I met your grandpa during the Great Molasses Flood of 1919”

    • Vvcddjjnvcj
      Vvcddjjnvcj 2 days ago +2

      “The Great Molasses Flood” Definitely sounds like a book an English teacher would have you read in high school.

    • Vivaan Dua
      Vivaan Dua 3 days ago +2

      Molasses is also a lot more viscous than maple, so most people died because the molasses froze stranding them for days on end. Due to which they died of thirst and other factors, and not because of them tiring out or drowning.

    • Not a nice name but loves rock and roll
      Not a nice name but loves rock and roll 4 days ago +3

      @Caitlyn Shannon check Sam O Nella's video about it

  • hfrf The Gremlin
    hfrf The Gremlin 10 days ago +6

    I’m a competitive swimmer as I think that with good technique (meaning you swim with little resistance and have a good catch) because of how much easier it would be to get a more solid and powerful catch you could go faster in the syrup

  • Chris
    Chris 16 days ago +15453

    Turns out that this scales up too. You can swim approximately as fast in a vacuum as you can in solid rock.

  • Mortomi Cinnamonbun
    Mortomi Cinnamonbun 12 days ago +756

    Honestly i would rather swim in water, because (ignoring the mess after) i don’t think i would be able to breathe as well, and i don’t quite have as much torque as that turtle apparently.

    • 52flyingbicycles
      52flyingbicycles 7 days ago

      Yeah my body is more equipped to swimming in water. I get some in my mouth sometimes and I can easily swallow it, but syrup would be harder to get down so it would jar me a bit.

    • Losers take the bait
      Losers take the bait 8 days ago +3

      @Sarah Basto I'm pretty sure everyone breathes like all the time. At least every 30 seconds or so.

    • Sarah Basto
      Sarah Basto 8 days ago

      Do you breathe when swimming in water, btw? Holy lord, I'm wasting life watching and reading such stuff!

    • Daniel T
      Daniel T 8 days ago +1

      @Nicholas S imagine it in your ears

    • Losers take the bait
      Losers take the bait 10 days ago +2

      @Alex .G A ture gineus!

  • Quandris
    Quandris 12 days ago +2

    I would be interested to see how hydroplaning would work . Seeing as how some competitive swimming techniques (fly) require lifting yourself on top of the water as much as possible. Probably doesn't make a difference, but still.

  • The Senate
    The Senate 12 days ago +40

    But the fact that the pushing force is doubled means you need more energy and strength to keep pushing yourself forward

    So they might be the same speed but a person would run out of energy and drown much quicker

    • Losers take the bait
      Losers take the bait 9 days ago

      @Grace James The turtle is not the same as a human... Our muscles would become tired faster in a more viscous fluid. Moreover, moving a heavier substance requires more energy. That turtle doesn't have to breathe... We do. Breathing takes energy and in order to breathe you must expand your chest and displace whatever medium is around you. Displacing a heavier medium requires more energy then a lighter one. On top of that, you can very clearly see that the turtle in syrup cannot swim straight, but the one in water can. That is because the heavier liquid moves the object around easier making movements less efficient. Any movement of the syrup will move you further off course than the exact same movement in water. Meaning you will expend more energy stabilizing yourself. The turtles were able to ignore that factor because they are attached to a string that only allows forward movement. People don't have a safety string...

      Muscles also act differently than mechanical toys. You can exhaust muscles by simply putting pressure on them. If you place a 30lb weight on your chest and don't move, then remove that weight after two hours. Your muscles will feel sore afterwards. This would happen no matter were you applied the weight. You wouldn't technically be expending more energy than without the weight either. Yet you would still feel fatigued. We are squishy and not made of metal. Simply being in the syrup is putting more pressure on your entire body than being in water. That pressure will effect your muscles. Even treading water is going to be more difficult.

      Edit: You're looking at this as if forward movement is the only factor involved. It isn't. You're bodily processes will not function the same, so regardless of how much energy you're expending you will become exhausted faster. Stamina in humans is not only about energy. We aren't robots. You're smart, but you aren't actually applying critical thinking right now.

    • Grace James
      Grace James 9 days ago +1

      @Losers take the bait it’s not harder to swim in. You think the toy turtle in syrup used more energy than the one in the water?

    • Losers take the bait
      Losers take the bait 10 days ago +3

      @Grace James This has been tested on Myth busters. Swimming in syrup requires more energy than in water. Everyone got tired faster in the syrup. Basic bodily functions like breathing are also harder in the thicker fluid. The simple act of expanding your chest to breath requires more force than in water.

      Edit: Syrup is heavier than water meaning it requires more energy to displace. So while the act of moving forward might be roughly the same, every other process is going to require more energy. And like the video says, this test really only works with around a 2:1 ratio. The more viscous the liquid the harder it becomes to swim. If you made a pool of something that was 4x more viscous, the results wouldn't be the same.

    • Grace James
      Grace James 11 days ago +3

      The pushing force isn’t doubled, it’s halved. The force pushing against you is doubled. Making the average force needed to expend as you swim the exact same. :)

  • Devon Lockwood
    Devon Lockwood 10 days ago +1

    I love the experiments that you show on your videos. It's such a nice break from all the sad stuff we are constantly viewing. 🙃

  • shani yan
    shani yan 14 days ago +1

    I think you can bypass this issue with a jet powered catamaran. In fact the more viscous can offer more speed on lower speeds because you will lift easyer.

  • MilkMan
    MilkMan 14 days ago +208

    This actually brought memories back for me. This was in an episode of Brainiac where the host swam in a pool of syrup.

    *it wasn’t very scientific to be clear haha

    • opzz xsin
      opzz xsin 9 days ago

      possible. Probably doesn't make a difference, but still.

  • pls don't ban me again you libtards

    "I made this syrup.."

    *pours jugs of labeled log cabin syrup*

    • D
      D 4 days ago +4

      He probably had to stir some stuff in to make it exactly 2x as viscous as water

    • J. K.
      J. K. 8 days ago +3

      Shhh! It's his syrup!

    • Devon Lockwood
      Devon Lockwood 10 days ago +4

      Totally! That was my favorite part. 😀

  • kitto
    kitto 9 days ago

    Also, it would depend on the thickness on the syrup. I know that some are more liquidy, and some are thicker

  • Filippo Gotta
    Filippo Gotta 16 days ago +16858

    This man answers questions I didn’t even know I had

    • m!ss_g0rl !
      m!ss_g0rl ! 8 days ago

      So true- SO TRUE-

    • Megumin
      Megumin 12 days ago +1

      underated comment

    • sai
      sai 13 days ago

      Lmao same

    • MK
      MK 14 days ago

      @Shane H Too bad I don't believe you.

    • Storm
      Storm 15 days ago

      Math in a nut shell

  • firebirdude2
    firebirdude2 6 days ago

    I'd like to see a larger scale test with robot swimmers. A 12" run isn't exactly definite.

  • bill cosby
    bill cosby 9 days ago

    I feel like this short distance causes confounding variables that ruin the confidence in the conclusion. It feels a larger space like a small pool or something would yield better results but I imagine the swimming techniques a person would use in a real situation would change matters a lot as well.

  • Abdel Ali
    Abdel Ali 9 days ago

    The real question is, what kind of life would you have to live that it leads you to swim in syrup to survive?

  • Carl Watts III
    Carl Watts III 12 days ago +1

    Very cool and interesting. I never would've even questioned it. I definitely would've said water is quicker lol

  • Rama Chandra
    Rama Chandra 16 days ago +2310

    For a moment there I thought he was going to swim in syrup to test the theory 🙂. Surprising result though .

    • Seras
      Seras 14 days ago

      That'd be the Mr beast version. Plus at the end he would buy everyone a house.

    • MilkMan
      MilkMan 14 days ago

      Brainiac did as well.

    • IronIsKing
      IronIsKing 15 days ago

      @wokeupinapanic they did honey and syrup

    • wokeupinapanic
      wokeupinapanic 15 days ago +1

      @IronIsKing no, it was definitely syrup. I literally just pulled it up to verify

    • Crissyfox Does Stuff
      Crissyfox Does Stuff 15 days ago

      Mythbusters did swin in syrup.

  • Bonlino
    Bonlino 5 days ago

    The real question is, does it take more or less EFFORT to swim through syrup compared to water?

  • Marendra Nodi
    Marendra Nodi 11 days ago

    It would be easier for the toy to swim coz as the load increases the motor will start pulling power to keep up with the demand of power. Measuring the current drawing of the motor might help us understand what takes more energy even though its kinda looks like syrup would be harder

  • Trent Griffith
    Trent Griffith 14 days ago +1

    I feel like the more viscous the liquid the more energy would have to be exerted, regardless of the greater push you get per movement. Think quicksand.

  • Qawi
    Qawi 13 days ago

    I think that in high level swimming competitions minimising drag gets very important.

  • guilherme siqueira
    guilherme siqueira 12 days ago +1

    also, forward motion will be inconsistent in a viscous fluid. See how the turtle wobbles. That line represents the swimmers spine strength. So you’ll bê disoriented when trying to swim

  • DreadlyKnight
    DreadlyKnight 11 days ago

    One could argue it would take more energy in the long run tho as you would potentially be giving more force to move through the liquid

  • Xavier pelican
    Xavier pelican 3 days ago

    Depends on syrup quality if you get it as the expensive very good fancy glass bottle delicacy it will be more watery and better tasting but if its the cheaper stuff in a plastic bottle it will be thick and hard to get through it will also harden after a while

  • Ya like jazz?
    Ya like jazz? 15 days ago +1

    How does he always manage to make these so entertaining? 👁👄👁

  • Ismael
    Ismael 16 days ago +307

    Wouldn’t you have to use more force in the more viscous one so you would tire faster and in the long run be slower?

    • Losers take the bait
      Losers take the bait 10 days ago

      @Ryan Ford You're both right and wrong. Certain parts would be roughly the same. However, you would use more energy overall, without question. Moving a heavier liquid requires more energy. So when you inhale and expand your chest, that is going to require far more energy in Syrup, than in water. Furthermore, syrup affects the way you swim. If you watch the turtles in slow motion, the syrup one paddles slower, but it also does not move nearly as straight. You can clearly see it at normal speed too, but when it is slowed down the difference become way more apparent. The syrup is acting on the turtle. Meaning in order to swim perfectly straight in syrup, you have to fight the pressure pushing you from side to side. Therefore requiring more energy overall.

      I know there is a more scientific way of saying that last part. I don't really think the exact words matter. It will be harder to go straight in a more viscous fluid. Something heavier is going to have an easier time moving you than something lighter.

    • Extreme Encounter
      Extreme Encounter 10 days ago

      @Ryan Ford That doesn’t matter when we’re talking about muscles. More energy is getting transferred from the hand directly to the syrup, instead of with water where your hand will move behind you freely. This will severely increase muscle fatigue. Ride a bike up a hill a particular speed in low gear, then in high gear. Same distance over time, yet what makes you more tired?

    • Ryan Ford
      Ryan Ford 13 days ago

      @Elliot Bridge he said in the video that this stops being true after about 2 times as viscous, so ya swimming in wet concrete would be pretty difficult. In syrup however, it would not take any more effort than in water. The turtle toys have the same output force, but they're still going the exact same speed.

    • Elliot Bridge
      Elliot Bridge 13 days ago +3

      More viscous generally means heavier. It may be easier to push off but imagine swimming in wet concrete. It wouldnt cancel each other out.

    • CatMoose
      CatMoose 13 days ago

      This comment section is filled with scientists and here i am sigh 😕

  • That Weird Dude
    That Weird Dude 14 days ago

    There was actually an experiment were they tested a more viscous liquid than water and found out that we humans tend to be faster in the more viscous one but smaller animals would have a harder time

  • CKing
    CKing 9 days ago

    I wonder if it would change with different swimming techniques though? I'd bet one that focuses more on strokes would be more effective in syrup

  • Andrew Proffer
    Andrew Proffer 10 days ago

    I was a swimmer in high-school and you could tell when you went to other pools that there water was slightly thinner or thicker, and whenever I swam breaststroke I always swam faster in thicker water

  • Jeffery Wang
    Jeffery Wang 9 days ago

    Well being a swimmer I think the viscous water would exhaust you much quicker and distance events would be much slower.

  • bodoti qwiu
    bodoti qwiu 8 days ago

    Very cool and interesting. I never would've even questioned it. I definitely would've said water is quicker lol

  • Cookies N’ Cream Gaming

    What if you made is denser?

    I know you can’t float or swim in oil that’s 10% less dense than water, but would this still work in a liquid that’s twice as dense as water, not twice as viscous

  • Brandon Huber
    Brandon Huber 12 days ago +220

    We saw mythbusters years ago, this is a good reminder of the good 'ole days.

  • Jake Kagami
    Jake Kagami 10 days ago

    This could actually be a pretty good science project

  • Crawmerax 101
    Crawmerax 101 16 days ago +817

    Imagine getting out of the pool of syrup. Imagine how sticky you would be

    • syrup
      syrup 14 days ago


    • Laurel Cook
      Laurel Cook 14 days ago

      Just go to Canada, they will lick you clean.

    • pruna blue pepper
      pruna blue pepper 15 days ago

      @Orio435 😂😄😂😄😂👍

    • The rocking crane of 36
      The rocking crane of 36 16 days ago

      @ちゃんねーづんいあまぁみ I have seen this so many times I know the words even if they are in a different language

    • Coco
      Coco 16 days ago

      Your hair though

  • Bow Ty
    Bow Ty 10 days ago

    The only difference it’s the amount of energy you expend. In syrup you will need to use more strength because it’s thicker, but water in thinner so you don’t need as much strength.

  • Sunshine Love Yashar'al

    I’ve never seen something so simple be so fascinating 🤨

  • McChicken Quesadilla
    McChicken Quesadilla 12 days ago

    I wanna know what the hell the person at the store checkout must think of you with these items in your cart. Lol. Keep up the good work! Loving it!

  • Marty
    Marty 13 days ago +1

    I can imagine that swimming in syrup will take more energy tho, since you have you use more strenght to move

  • AA-VFX
    AA-VFX 16 days ago +3712

    I woke up today, wondering about Syrup swimming!!! I'm not making this up!!! 😂😂😂

  • Tom
    Tom 13 days ago

    I think the swimmer would tire much quicker and I think it would also mean that momentum would not carry you as far

  • Harloichii
    Harloichii 9 days ago

    I feel like you'd get tired quicker in syrup, therefore directly affecting how fast you can swim when you have a set amount of stamina

  • Ineedpie
    Ineedpie 14 days ago

    As a swimmer syrup would be much slower. Turns would be impossible and it would probably coat your mouth. Also, swimmers swim in cold-ish water. The temperature would cause the syrup to thicken more.

  • K9 Cigo
    K9 Cigo 14 days ago

    I love the sounds it makes when they swim 😂 🐢

  • Empty 09
    Empty 09 16 days ago +535

    Huge difference when you actually put a person in a pool of each compared to a super buoyant toy

    • truered lucky
      truered lucky 6 days ago

      Mythbusters tried the same experiment with actuall people in an actuall pool of sirrup and came to the same conclusion...

    • Empty 09
      Empty 09 12 days ago +1

      @Fishing and Freedom Fiend aw man I'm sorry you're like that, maybe you'll learn something from the comments then

    • Fishing and Freedom Fiend
      Fishing and Freedom Fiend 13 days ago +1

      “Im so smart you cant make me smarter” -the class idiot at his finest

    • Xx Floofy xX
      Xx Floofy xX 13 days ago

      @FreakOfFear yh and like what else can he rlly do, accturly swim in a pool of syrup?

    • FreakOfFear
      FreakOfFear 13 days ago +4

      Not necessarily. The swimming motions aren’t that far off. It’s good data

  • Valentine Ozoigboanugo

    The more viscous is also less dense than water, so the turtle body in the fluid floats better but still encounters similar drag/friction.
    The viscosity-viscosity cancellation happens at the fins where better push = more friction.
    On the body its viscosity-density cancellation, with respect to the both fluids.
    If the fluid was more viscous but equally dense compared to water, the turtle will be equally submerged as in water, and will certainly move slower.

    LÆVIS 4 days ago

    It's not the same, it's dependant of torque. You can see there is a difference in the speed of the flippers move. Faster in water, slower in the syrup. A strong swimmer might be faster in syrup. Your test is inconclusive

  • Dog P00y
    Dog P00y 14 days ago

    I want to see this experiment but with the viscosity of a manure pit ( they’re well known for taking many lives because it’s so insanely hard to move in manure

  • toijg avnnr
    toijg avnnr 13 days ago

    This man is doing what Vsauce and Hank Green never could: get to the point!

  • Finisterre_exe
    Finisterre_exe 16 days ago +423

    this bodes well for the syrup swimming pool that ive been building

  • Just a Guy
    Just a Guy 13 days ago

    Now I can swim in my syrup gladly knowing I’m not missing out on anything with it

  • Jo-el Newman
    Jo-el Newman 3 days ago

    But wouldn’t a higher viscosity cause faster muscle fatigue causing you to eventually become slower than swimming in water?

  • Ron Will
    Ron Will 13 days ago

    I needed this. I wanted to try filling up my entire pool with syrup. Now I know I can swim in syrup.

  • Axelory
    Axelory 15 days ago

    I'd imagine it's much harder to swim in syrup as opposed to water, though. Simply because we're more accustomed to swimming in water.

  • William 2 Glaser
    William 2 Glaser 14 days ago

    Competitive swimmer here, and im betting that the characteristics of the syrup will be different in ways that might change your technique to take advantage if the viscosity more

  • Teeweezeven
    Teeweezeven 11 days ago

    I'd imagine at a certain viscosity it does get more difficult to swim

  • Daryan Ficks
    Daryan Ficks 14 days ago

    This man answers questions I didn’t even know I had

  • nen ben
    nen ben 14 days ago

    I wonder, is there certain swimming techniques that are more efficient in more viscous liquids and less in less viscous fluids and vice-versa

  • Frs Kwn
    Frs Kwn 15 days ago +48

    It would've been nice to mention that you'd also get tired faster in the fluid with the higher viscosity. But it's a nice video nontheless! 👍

    • Guillermo Y.
      Guillermo Y. 11 days ago +1

      I think the turtle in syrup moves its paws slower indeed

  • J Harmon
    J Harmon 15 days ago

    Buoyancy in the fluid is an exponential factor in total energy lost to drag, so I think some mention of specific gravity would be appropriate. The buoyancy of the ducks compared to humans mitigates differences caused by the key variable, as did the short course, so of course your ducks tied. You don't need to manufacture a reason to Clip-Share your duck play.

  • Burrito Man
    Burrito Man 13 days ago

    This man just emptied 4 bottles of syrup into a container just to test if you could swim faster in it than you can in water. Now *thats* dedication.

  • Scrotie Mcboogerballs
    Scrotie Mcboogerballs 13 days ago

    I’d think you would use more energy to swim in the syrup so you would get tired faster and not be able to go as far

  • Crocodile Guy
    Crocodile Guy 11 days ago

    You could argue that for a human the syrup would hinder how well they can swim so they would end up going slower.

  • Daniel Peixoto Martins

    Wait! Are we or aren't we going to see you in swim trunks, covered in syrup, trying to swim? I think we should!

  • Goyo the legend
    Goyo the legend 11 days ago

    So like gravity, a larger object is harder to be pulled down by it's weight, but since it's heavier, it falls with more force, and that's why all objects fall with the same speed unless there's air resistance.

  • TheV3ntu5
    TheV3ntu5 10 days ago

    I used to swim regularly and the only thing id add is that you always get water in your mouth no matter what you do so that would *definitely* impact your swimming abilities

  • D Specter
    D Specter 3 days ago

    Action Lab: I made this syrup that's twice as viscous as water.

    Me: Oooo I wonder how he did it?

    Action Lab: Pours giant jug of pancake syrup into a tub.

  • Allen Huang
    Allen Huang 16 days ago +1015

    I was just paying attention to how cute the turtles were.

  • Usb Snake
    Usb Snake 14 days ago

    You're forgetting that you'll get tired faster swimming in syrup, therefore water is ultimately better

  • Chico
    Chico 10 days ago

    Always been aftaid of swimming in lava, but you solved my issue. Thanks^^

  • jose jalapeno
    jose jalapeno 14 days ago +2

    Action lab: "I made this syrup"
    Log cabin syrup: ☝️"um, excuse me sir"

  • 1992djg
    1992djg 10 days ago

    I could only imagine the strain trying to swim in syrup would be it’s not faster but you need a lot more energy

  • Yuyah
    Yuyah 16 days ago +542

    "In today's episode, we put straws inside turtles to make them swim in a straight line"

  • Nathan Thwaites
    Nathan Thwaites 14 days ago +1

    That's the most liquidy, diluted syrup I've ever seen

  • Old Son Gun
    Old Son Gun 5 days ago

    Yeah the real difficulty to swimming in it would be your ability to stay above the surface and not drown it seems.

  • Eren JAEGER
    Eren JAEGER 10 days ago

    What if you have a heavier liquid so you get more buoyancy and there’s less surface area for the drag to pull on

  • Julio Viana
    Julio Viana 10 days ago

    I'd like to see the actual results with people swimming in syrup. I see people mentioning that myth busters did it but they haven't said what the results were.

  • TikTok STASH
    TikTok STASH 2 days ago

    Okay but, can you test out buoyancy? something that rise up the surface?

  • robot portachiavi
    robot portachiavi 3 hours ago

    Mmh. Feels a bit weird. If I imagine to swim in honey it feels way harder than swimming in water

  • Shatzii013
    Shatzii013 14 days ago

    I love your shorts! Thanks and keep em coming !

  • Achilles Michael
    Achilles Michael 14 days ago

    When you think about it it is impossible to go faster. Because if speed grew with viscosity we would reach infinite speed when swimming in a solid. But the speed is zero so it has to decrease with viscosity

  • hhh gvngxx
    hhh gvngxx 16 days ago +37

    This man always answers the questions I never knew I needed to know

  • Si Poppy
    Si Poppy 10 days ago

    But would it require a lot more energy to swim in syrup? Then would you be swimming faster?

  • Michelle Mah
    Michelle Mah 14 days ago

    You'd be able to swim at the same speed, but I assume you'd waste a lot more energy trying to swim through the syrup and wouldn't be able to go as far

  • Laura
    Laura 14 days ago

    Wait, so what happens when you leave that viscosity range? Does it slow down or speed up?

  • Enera Wilson
    Enera Wilson 11 days ago

    Either way you'll have to expend more energy so you'll eventually drown faster in the syrup in the water

  • goose
    goose 16 days ago +106

    "I made a syrup that's twice as viscous as water"
    Maple syrup: "am I a joke to you"

    • Jagoda Duda
      Jagoda Duda 13 days ago

      @braxton woodruff What he didn't do was invention, not creation because he definitely did make it.

    • braxton woodruff
      braxton woodruff 16 days ago +1

      fr like this mans didn't make that lol

  • Matthew Hall
    Matthew Hall 11 days ago

    You could swim faster in syrup but it would be harder to stay afloat and on too of the fluid..so if you started sinking it would require more physical effort to resurface..

  • TheDailySnuggles
    TheDailySnuggles 2 days ago

    But in this test they are more like a boat kinda floating on the surface as humans we particularly sink and it makes it harder cus of the drag and it takes more effort to work you muscle in the thicker liquid wearing you out faster there where a lot of variables you removed form your set up but this is more of what would happen if a boat was on top of the liquid where someone swimming would be particularly submerged making it harder to get the momentum needed to swim at the same speed

  • makis xatzimixas
    makis xatzimixas 13 days ago

    The actual answer is that you swim slower in syrup, because swimming is more about sliding than it is about pulling. The friction is very strong. The question is whether you'll swim faster in thinner fluid.

  • clay Stanislaw
    clay Stanislaw 4 hours ago

    The weight, aka density is probably more of a factor than the viscosity.

  • Angelifox
    Angelifox 16 days ago +21

    Wouldn't there be a lot more exhaustion though since you have to exert more force?

    • Angelifox
      Angelifox 15 days ago +1

      @CoolVideos4Life oh yeah that makes sense I guess, since it's easier to get movement from pushing in something more viscous

    • Peter T Huynh
      Peter T Huynh 16 days ago +6

      Yeah I was just thinking that. these turtles have mechanisms which makes them swim. For people however, it'll tire you out more because you have to increase your input of going against heavier syrup.

    • CoolVideos4Life
      CoolVideos4Life 16 days ago +1

      It balances out he said it is easier to push off of but it slows u down more literally cancelling each other out

  • DaBobby Shmurda
    DaBobby Shmurda 15 days ago

    Thank you for this, I will be needing this for my great escape across the syrup lake.

  • John J. Johnson
    John J. Johnson 13 days ago

    This was adorable and informative. Thank you.

  • Wales Jedi
    Wales Jedi 9 days ago

    the time to the end may be the same, but the shower afterwards definitely takes a hell of a lot longer after the syrup

  • Ashton De La Mota
    Ashton De La Mota 14 days ago

    I rewatched just cause it was so adorable seeing the little toy turtles swimming

  • Joonas Hint
    Joonas Hint 16 days ago +6

    I think you can bypass this issue with a jet powered catamaran. In fact the more viscous can offer more speed on lower speeds because you will lift easyer.