How Many Licks To The Center Of A Tootsie Pop? Math Answers The Question

February 10, 2015 10:21 PM

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"How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" was the question posed by a young boy to an owl in a popular series of commercials from the 1970's. In the ad, Mister Owl takes three licks of the lollipop, before biting into the sweet treat, and declaring happily, "three!"

New York University (NYU) researchers analyzed the same question, and determined the answer was much closer to 1,000. Study revealed that the candy wears down at the rate of around four-tenths of an inch per 1,000 licks. The popular treat measures 1.063 inches in diameter, and research revealed that...

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