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We now know how many licks to the center of a Tootsie Pop

In a study published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, scientist say that it takes an estimated 1, 000 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. (Source: Time Magazine/Tootsie Roll Commercial) In a study published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, scientist say that it takes an estimated 1, 000 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. (Source: Time Magazine/Tootsie Roll Commercial)

(WTVM) – After years of wondering, the mind-boggling question has been answered: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

The little boy in the classic Tootsie Pop commercial no longer has to ask the age old question because in a study published in The Journal of Fluid Mechanics, scientist say that it takes an estimated 1, 000 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

Researchers studied the effect of dissolution by immersing the lollipop in water. They found that a consistent shape emerges and persists before eventually vanishing. Scientists and researchers formed a theory for how water causes dissolving and shrinking, they came up with the estimation of 1,000 licks.

So the world now knows it takes a one, a two, a 1,000 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

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