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 Subject: Tootsie Roll Pop (How Many Licks?) Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television Asked by: grammatoncleric-ga List Price: \$20.00 Posted: 04 Sep 2003 13:18 PDT Expires: 04 Oct 2003 13:18 PDT Question ID: 252337
 ```How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop (other resources besides the owl, please)? (For pinkfreud-ga only)```
 ```Hi, GC. If you don't want to ask an owl, perhaps this Ask-a-Hoss site would do: "During the 2nd semester of an engineering class at Purdue University, they reported that their 'licking machine,' modeled after a human tongue, took an average of 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie-Pop. Then they tried to test 20 volunteers and found that it took the volunteers and average of 252 licks. And then a chemical engineering doctorate student from the University of Michigan recorded that his licking machine required an average of 411 licks per Tootsie Pop. Soon after that, a group of students at Swathmore School used human lickers in a scientific experiment and determined it took an average of 144 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. So there are the results taken from the only 'official' Tootsie Pop licking experiments. The problem we have is the distance of difference that was encountered in our studies. But this is the reason for the major difference in the higher and lower number.......you MUST remember the overall surface area of everyone's tongue IS NOT the same and the density of the papilla(taste buds) IS NOT the same in every person, thus resulting in the difference in the number of licks!" Ask-a-Hoss http://www.geocities.com/hossystyle/askahoss.html It is worth noting that a recent program I saw on Food Network cited the Purdue figure of 252 licks. Papa always told me "If you see it on Food Network it's so." Food Network http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_cw/episode/0,,FOOD_9955_19933,00.html Now for a bit of anecdotal evidence. Many decades ago, when I was a lazy government employee and had nothing better to do, I sat in my office and, while grading aptitude tests and preparing reports on same, I lapped more or less constantly at Tootsie Pops. Being a record-keeping fool, I actually compiled my own statistics on the licking-to-center data. Unfortunately, my records (along with my hoard of Tootsie Pops) were destroyed in an office fire (I am not making this up.) My personal Tootsie-testing binge resulted in numbers that were mostly in the vicinity of 300 licks. It varied widely, though. Some Tootsie Pops flavors are tougher than others. I generally got the most licks in when working on an orange pop. Brown ones required the least amount of lickage, as I recall. Had I continued in my boring government job, I would probably have codified all this data, and could rank Tootsie Pops' lickability indices by color, expiration date, and geographical origin. As it is, all I have is a vivid memory of myself as a human analogue of the Rolling Stones' logo. ;-) "The Encyclopedia of Pointless" provides an amusing series of riffs on the subject "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?" Some of my favorites-- "Yoda: Licks. Ha! The center. Ha! A Jedi craves not these things. Bill Clinton: It depends on what you meant by 'does'. Michael Crichton: My next book is going to be about people contemplating the ecological ramifications of tootsie roll pops while fighting space demons." The Encyclopedia of Pointless http://www.eopoint.com/article.php?Licks Google Web Search: "tootsie" + "pop" + "how many licks" ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=tootsie+pop+%22how+many+licks Thanks for a neat question. I haven't had this much fun on GA since I answered a question entitled "What Color is Penguin Poop?" Best, PF```
 grammatoncleric-ga rated this answer: and gave an additional tip of: \$9.50 `Solid, pinkfreud, as usual. I love reading your research! This one was fun!`
 ```Many thanks for the kind words, the five-star rating and the lavish tip! ~Pink```