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I've always liked them

Swimming in syrup is as easy as swimming in water!
Washington | September 21, 2004 5:00:12 PM IST

University of Minnesota scientists have proved that swimming in syrup is as easy as swimming in water.

According to lead researcher Edward Cussler and his student Brian Gettelfinger, in case of humans swimmers, speed depends not on what you swim in, but rather on what shape you are in.

Both reached the conclusion after assigning 16 volunteers, a mix of both competitive and recreational swimmers, to swim in a regular 25-meter pool and than in 300 kilograms of guar gum, an edible thickening agent found in salad dressings, ice cream and shampoo, a gloopy liquid twice as thick as water.

They found that the swimmers' times differed by no more than 4 percent, with neither water nor syrup producing consistently faster times.

"What appealed was the bizarreness of the idea. The fluid looked like snot. I don't know how to describe it any more poetically," Nature quoted Cussler, as saying.

Cussler's study, which appears in the recent issue of Chemistry and Engineering Journal, apparently disapproves Sir Isaac Newton's theory that an object's speed through fluid depends on its viscosity.

Acoording to Cussler, while you experience more "viscous drag" as the water gets thicker, you simultaneously generate more forward force from every stroke and thus two effects cancel each other out.

But that may not always be the case, as below a certain threshold of speed and size, viscous drag becomes the dominant force, making gloopy fluids more difficult to swim through. For instance, the same experiment on swimming bacteria instead of humans, would record much slower times in syrup than in water.

"The best swimmer should have the body of a snake and the arms of a gorilla," concludes Cussler. (ANI)

I guess they where too busy to find a cure for cancer