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How Many Licks Does It Take To Reach The Center Of A Tootsie Roll Pop? Well, Mathematicians Just Answered This Question!

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Looks like Hollywood execs have a sequel to The Imitation Game on their hands!

While the owl above would have us all believe that it only takes three licks (followed by a swift snap of its beak) to reach the center of a Tootsie Roll pop, the actual lick count is much higher.

Mathematicians over at New York University have come to the conclusion that it would take 1,000 licks to erode 1 cm of the Tootsie Roll, which is roughly its diameter.

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So, 1,000 licks (which is a pretty round number)! You were wrong owl. So very wrong. Hoo do you think you are, huh?

The study was conducted to look into the effects of dissolving materials within a fluid flow! When they heard mathematicians were solving this age old conundrum, Tootsie Roll sent over boxes of lollipops for research.

Here's what Tootsie Roll Industries President Ellen Gordon had to say about NYU's sweet findings:

"How many licks is a question fans of our candy have asked us for decades. We're thrilled that New York University has conducted a study to help find out how many licks it really takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop."

Thank you, math. Thank you. Also, screw you, owl.

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