How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? It’s the question that haunted your childhood and comprised the chorus of your favorite Lil’ Kim song.
Now, researchers at New York University believe they have found the answer to the elusive question: 1,000. Anyone else surprised the number came out so even?
While working on a paper entitled “Shape dynamics and scaling laws for a body dissolving in fluid flow” that was published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, scientists used lollipops as research subjects. They were hoping to uncover how, for example, a river can shape a landscape, but over the course of the project they realized they has stumbled upon a way to answer the licks question.