Is Swimming In Syrup Faster or Slower?

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  • Magical
    Magical 7 days ago +11938

    Thank you so much now I can swim in syrup 🥰

    • Billows Chimney Stacks
      Billows Chimney Stacks 10 hours ago

      1-those two items only prove those two toys can swim in syrup. Not human.

      2-those toys are both made to float. Humans are made so sink.

      3-those toys do not mimic human density. Weight. Or volume.

      This video proves nothing and is a waste of time.

      You would be sink if you tried to swim in syrum

    • IllyDoe
      IllyDoe 17 hours ago

      @Kason Simpkins-Webb actually they're here so people see their content and yknow sub to them 🙄

    • Eclipse_Cxlestial
      Eclipse_Cxlestial 22 hours ago +1

      @Jelly Booga Boy at least we don't spam comment sections and think it's absolutely hilarious. (Spoiler: it's not, everyone is now slowly starting to hate jellybean)

    • Kason Simpkins-Webb
      Kason Simpkins-Webb Day ago

      Oh god a brookhaven youtuber, please get out of the comments

    • IllyDoe
      IllyDoe Day ago

      @A Nooby Guest 69th like LOL

  • zack phy
    zack phy 6 days ago +8081

    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 6 days ago +1399

    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 7 hours 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 2 days ago +1

      @vinestick 29
      There's a TheXvidr 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 2 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 3 days ago

      @amanda bin
      why not put more gears to relieve stress

    • coleeto2
      coleeto2 3 days ago +8

      @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).

  • Frs Kwn
    Frs Kwn 7 days ago +47

    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. 3 days ago +1

      I think the turtle in syrup moves its paws slower indeed

  • Filippo Gotta
    Filippo Gotta 9 days ago +16069

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

    • cloudy :)
      cloudy :) 19 hours ago

      So true- SO TRUE-

    • Megumin
      Megumin 4 days ago +1

      underated comment

    • sai
      sai 5 days ago

      Lmao same

    • MK
      MK 6 days ago

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

    • Storm
      Storm 7 days ago

      Math in a nut shell

  • Mortomi Cinnamonbun
    Mortomi Cinnamonbun 4 days ago +601

    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.

    • Losers take the bait
      Losers take the bait 23 hours ago

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

    • Sarah Basto
      Sarah Basto 23 hours ago

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

    • Daniel T
      Daniel T Day ago

      @Nicholas S imagine it in your ears

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

      @Alex .G A ture gineus!

    • Alex .G
      Alex .G 2 days ago

      @Losers take the bait ur smurt!

  • Quandris
    Quandris 4 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.

  • Anime by the Hour
    Anime by the Hour 6 days ago +32

    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.

    • Anime by the Hour
      Anime by the Hour Day ago

      @Random Guy 20XX No, it wasn’t hot. The molasses was kept at room temperature however it’s dangerous either way. The cooler the molasses got (it was a winter day) the thicker it got. The viscosity made it hard to rescue people.

    • Random Guy 20XX
      Random Guy 20XX Day ago

      Wasn't that stuff also hot?

    • ThisChannel
      ThisChannel 2 days ago +4

      Well that and being hit by a 25 ft high wave at 35 mph

  • hfrf The Gremlin
    hfrf The Gremlin 2 days ago +1

    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 9 days ago +15317

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

  • The Senate
    The Senate 4 days ago +38

    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 Day 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 Day 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 2 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 3 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 2 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. 🙃

  • MilkMan
    MilkMan 6 days ago +200

    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 Day ago

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

  • Muhammed Ali Inamdar

    What the confusion here always has been is the difference between viscosity and density, the denser the liquid, the harder to move in it. You could move smoother in oil compared to water, but you’d also sink faster.

  • shani yan
    shani yan 6 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.

  • kitto
    kitto Day ago

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

  • pls don't ban me again you libtards

    "I made this syrup.."

    *pours jugs of labeled log cabin syrup*

    • J. K.
      J. K. 15 hours ago

      Shhh! It's his syrup!

    • Devon Lockwood
      Devon Lockwood 2 days ago +3

      Totally! That was my favorite part. 😀

  • Abdel Ali
    Abdel Ali 2 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?

  • Ismael
    Ismael 8 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 2 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 2 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 5 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 5 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 5 days ago

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

  • bill cosby
    bill cosby Day 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.

  • Yeff
    Yeff 7 days ago

    You probably can swim faster in a syrup(or in a viscous liquid) but it will tire you out quicker which would slow you down in the long run. It's like a graph where the power would, probably, quickly fall down as the graph goes further. Unlike in normal liquid, it is much more sustainable to swim. Efficiently, perhaps.

  • Carl Watts III
    Carl Watts III 4 days ago +1

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

  • North of the Rio Grande

    Viscosity is a basic measurement of thickness and described as seconds per quart through a marsh funnel. The ability to "push off" is best described as yield point, and the relationship between the speed of the flappers in the fluid is described as centipoise. Using a viscometer, use the 600 and 300 rpm readings to measure the yield point. In a longer pool of fluid, the experiment would be better explained. The cancelation of speed is due to friction. This all changes when the fluid is being pumped and the object travels due to the velocity of the fluid. The water will fail due to its laminar flow, and the more viscous fluid will provide a more turbulent flow. Suspended solids in the fluid, which cause interference in hydraulic properties, also know as contaminants, can be tracked by a fluids plastic viscosity. Plastic viscosity causes more friction.

  • Rama Chandra
    Rama Chandra 9 days ago +2303

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

    • Seras
      Seras 6 days ago

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

    • MilkMan
      MilkMan 6 days ago

      Brainiac did as well.

    • IronIsKing
      IronIsKing 7 days ago

      @wokeupinapanic they did honey and syrup

    • wokeupinapanic
      wokeupinapanic 7 days ago +1

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

    • Crissyfox Does Stuff
      Crissyfox Does Stuff 7 days ago

      Mythbusters did swin in syrup.

  • Marendra Nodi
    Marendra Nodi 3 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

  • bodoti qwiu
    bodoti qwiu 20 hours ago

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

  • Andrew Proffer
    Andrew Proffer 2 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

  • Ya like jazz?
    Ya like jazz? 7 days ago +1

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

  • CKing
    CKing Day 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

  • DreadlyKnight
    DreadlyKnight 3 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

  • guilherme siqueira
    guilherme siqueira 4 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

  • Trent Griffith
    Trent Griffith 6 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.

  • Crawmerax 101
    Crawmerax 101 9 days ago +817

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

    • syrup
      syrup 6 days ago

      Ikr

    • Laurel Cook
      Laurel Cook 6 days ago

      Just go to Canada, they will lick you clean.

    • pruna blue pepper
      pruna blue pepper 7 days ago

      @Orio435 😂😄😂😄😂👍

    • The rocking crane of 36
      The rocking crane of 36 8 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 8 days ago

      Your hair though

  • 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

  • Jeffery Wang
    Jeffery Wang Day ago

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

  • Bow Ty
    Bow Ty 2 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.

  • McChicken Quesadilla

    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!

  • Empty 09
    Empty 09 8 days ago +533

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

    • Empty 09
      Empty 09 4 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 5 days ago +1

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

    • Xx Floofy xX
      Xx Floofy xX 5 days ago

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

    • FreakOfFear
      FreakOfFear 5 days ago +4

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

    • Mirza.mm
      Mirza.mm 5 days ago +9

      @injetaveL speak for yourself.

  • That Weird Dude
    That Weird Dude 6 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

  • Harloichii
    Harloichii Day 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

  • Brandon Huber
    Brandon Huber 5 days ago +209

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

  • Marty
    Marty 5 days ago +1

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

  • Finisterre_exe
    Finisterre_exe 9 days ago +423

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

  • Dog P00y
    Dog P00y 6 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

  • Ineedpie
    Ineedpie 6 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.

  • Eren JAEGER
    Eren JAEGER 2 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

  • Sunshine Love Yashar'al

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

  • AA-VFX
    AA-VFX 8 days ago +3711

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

  • Qawi
    Qawi 5 days ago

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

  • Just a Guy
    Just a Guy 5 days ago

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

  • Ron Will
    Ron Will 5 days ago

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

  • K9 Cigo
    K9 Cigo 6 days ago

    I love the sounds it makes when they swim 😂 🐢

  • Allen Huang
    Allen Huang 9 days ago +1009

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

  • Jake Kagami
    Jake Kagami 2 days ago

    This could actually be a pretty good science project

  • Goyo the legend
    Goyo the legend 3 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.

  • Teeweezeven
    Teeweezeven 3 days ago

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

  • Tom
    Tom 5 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

  • 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.

  • Vibing3301
    Vibing3301 Day ago

    "Hey son, can I borrow your bath toys?"
    "why dad?"
    "I wanna see if you can swim in syrup"

  • William 2 Glaser
    William 2 Glaser 6 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

  • Axelory
    Axelory 7 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.

  • Yuyah
    Yuyah 8 days ago +542

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

  • 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!

  • 1992djg
    1992djg 2 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

  • Crocodile Guy
    Crocodile Guy 3 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.

  • Knlght0fZero
    Knlght0fZero Day ago

    Im pretty sure this is misleading, the toy would only be impaired by the syrup if the density would exceed the toys mechanical strength.
    In other words, while it looks like they are going the same speed, the toy in syrup is using technicly more energy to get through, but because its mechanical we cant see that.

    In other words, if a human were to swim 100 meter in water and a 100 meter in syrup, the exhaustion in the syrup would be way higher making it more likely for him to slow down.

  • Guido
    Guido 7 days ago

    As far as I know drag increases with the power of 3 in liquids. So I HIGHLY doubt these findings.
    Those turtles are simply too slow to show any difference.

  • Laura
    Laura 6 days ago

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

  • Chico
    Chico 2 days ago

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

  • Daryan Ficks
    Daryan Ficks 7 days ago

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

  • TheV3ntu5
    TheV3ntu5 2 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

  • Enera Wilson
    Enera Wilson 3 days ago

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

  • Matthew Hall
    Matthew Hall 3 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..

  • Scrotie Mcboogerballs

    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

  • hhh gvngxx
    hhh gvngxx 8 days ago +37

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

  • nen ben
    nen ben 6 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

  • Achilles Michael
    Achilles Michael 6 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

  • Shatzii013
    Shatzii013 6 days ago

    I love your shorts! Thanks and keep em coming !

  • Wales Jedi
    Wales Jedi Day 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

  • Julio Viana
    Julio Viana 2 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.

  • DaBobby Shmurda
    DaBobby Shmurda 7 days ago

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

  • Nathan Thwaites
    Nathan Thwaites 6 days ago +1

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

  • Ashton De La Mota
    Ashton De La Mota 6 days ago

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

  • Antuk
    Antuk 9 days ago +97

    Canadian pools be like

    • Krispies TS
      Krispies TS 6 days ago

      We actually swim in moose and keep our syrup in safes, stuffs more valuable than gold

    • Antuk
      Antuk 9 days ago +1

      @Gonk damm guess it's different in Toronto then

    • Chad B
      Chad B 9 days ago +6

      Our pools are our ice rinks for the next few months

    • Gonk
      Gonk 9 days ago +7

      uh excuse me? we swim on moose and when we're feeling festive, geese here.

  • J Harmon
    J Harmon 7 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 TheXvid your duck play.

  • Usb Snake
    Usb Snake 6 days ago

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

  • _.Lisx._
    _.Lisx._ 7 days ago +2

    The only difference is that you’ll regret getting in the syrop ‘cause of the stickiness

  • Michelle Mah
    Michelle Mah 6 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

  • John J. Johnson
    John J. Johnson 5 days ago

    This was adorable and informative. Thank you.

  • Justin Walker
    Justin Walker 6 days ago

    That was a great idea to switch the turtles and the liquid that they are in excellent way to have a good control

  • NEGATE
    NEGATE 7 days ago

    It would drain more energy though due to the increased drag.

  • jose jalapeno
    jose jalapeno 6 days ago +2

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

  • Angelifox
    Angelifox 9 days ago +21

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

    • Angelifox
      Angelifox 7 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 8 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 8 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

  • Jeremy TerWisscha
    Jeremy TerWisscha 7 days ago

    Not that I'd expect you to try it but would you in theory be more fatigued due pushing more due to the viscosity or would the viscosity also be used as leverage and cancel itself out aswell

  • Night Guy
    Night Guy 6 days ago

    And here I was expecting an Olympic sized swimming pool full of syrup... Oh well 🤷‍♂️

  • DudeySocks
    DudeySocks 6 days ago

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

  • Austin Patrick
    Austin Patrick 4 days ago +1

    They did this on mythbusters, gotta say, it was much more entertaining to watch Jaimee Hyneman suffer through it though 😂

  • Joonas Hint
    Joonas Hint 8 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.

  • Sayandeep Sengupta

    Thanks to you I now know that I can't swim in syrup or water.

  • Cyber Pii
    Cyber Pii 4 days ago

    Does it take more energy to swim through the viscous liquid though?