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How Slow Is Molasses, Really?

A Mike Pesca investigation.

A few weeks ago, Mike Pesca’s son heard him say “slow as molasses” and asked, “But how slow is molasses?” Puzzled, Mike brought this age-old question to the Slate video team, who sought to unpack the dusty colloquialism and get to the bottom of the relative viscosity of various household syrups and sauces. Here we have the results of their grueling impromptu experiment, which might have you wondering, “Now, is this line slow as molasses, or is it more of a ketchup slow?”

Update, Nov. 28, 2016: This video has been removed pending the resolution of a licensing claim.