How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootise Pop?

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For a September 03 science project, I did an expierimint for how many licks does it takes to get the the center of a Tootsie-Pop. And here are my results.

Okay, here's the deal. Y'all remember that old Tootsie Pop commercial, the cartoon one with the kid asking all these animals "How many licks does it take to get the tootsie roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" Brother Turtle has misplaced his teeth, but tells the kid he never made it without biting, so he kindly refers the lad to Mr. Owl. The kid asks Mr. Owl, who snatches the sucker out of the kid's hand, and proceeds to find out. He licks a-one, a two-hoo, a-three, then chomps right through to the center. Calmly, he hands the kid back his sucker stick and tells him, "Three."

Problem:How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

Hypothesis:I think it will take about 711 licks to get to the center of a tootsie pop, on average.


Materials: A tootsie pop, a toungue.

Step 1: Get a tootsie pop.
Step 2: Stick out your tongue
Step 3: Press and drag the tootsie roll down your tongue
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 until can taste the center of a tootsie pop.
Step 5:Enjoy!

Observations: Tootsie pops always taste good.(Opinionated I know)
It takes about 7 minutes to get the center of a tootsie pop.

Conclusion: On average it took me aobut 686 licks to get to the cneter of a toosie pop.

Other conclusions from around the world, from The Official Tootsie Pop Website.

A group of engineering students from Purdue University recorded that their licking machine, modeled after a human tongue, took an average of 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. They tried the same licking test on 20 volunteers and found that the average licks to the center were 252 licks.

A chemical engineering doctorate student from the University of Michigan recorded that his licking machine required an average of 411 licks per Tootsie Pop.

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.