Do humans swim faster in syrup, or water? Researchers at the University of Minnesota conducted an empirical test, and you can read about the results. Chalk up another for Christiaan Huygens, who, it appears, had the better of Isaac Newton on this point.
We also learn this from the lead experimenter, Edward Cussler: “The best swimmer should have the body of a snake and the arms of a gorilla.”
(Hat tip to Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution.)