Though the Tootsie Pop was created in 1931, its true mythos didn’t start until 1969. This was the year the candy’s infamous animated commercial debuted, asking viewers, “How many licks does it take to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop?”
Folks spent decades wandering around the forest asking animals for their take on the quandary, but a clear answer was never reached … until now.
According to ABC News, mathematicians at New York University have finally figured out the answer. This group of well-accredited candy lovers determined it takes 1,000 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
“We used these results to figure out in general how fluids dissolve materials, and we realized that that is basically what you’re doing when you’re enjoying a lollipop,” applied mathematics professor Leif Ristroph said.
“Using that model, we can take an object of any size and kind of a typical flow speed that would be determined by how fast you lick candy, and then determine how long it would take for that to dissolve all the material away.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Kelli Bender