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33028.  Sun Nov 20, 2005 4:31 pm Reply with quote

on Fridays show it was claimed that swimming in syrup is much the same as swimming in water, as far as speed is concerned.
On Brainiac:Science Abuse (Sky One) Jon Tickle conducted an experiment to see if this was so, and found that he could not swim in syrup anything like as quickly as he could in water.

33033.  Sun Nov 20, 2005 4:50 pm Reply with quote

Interesting, Tim. We didn't notice that experiment; this is the one we based our item on:

The journal that published the study is the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Journal, cited as Gettelfinger B., Cussler E. L., Am. Inst. Chem. Eng. J., (2004).

33046.  Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:41 pm Reply with quote

When I heard about swimming in syrup I thought the answer was going to involve sperm. Because I heard somewhere that what sperm do trying to reach an egg would be the same as a human swimming through syrup.


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