It’s the age old question that everyone has tried to answer at least once in their life: How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?
Students at Purdue University, the University of Michigan, and Swarthmore Junior High School officially recorded the number of licks it took to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop—but none were quite as noteworthy as this little boy’s attempt.
If only he had paid a little more attention…
On March 1st, Gina Olson shared a video of her nephew on Twitter.
In the video her nephew is holding a lollipop in one hand and a marker in the other. With each lick he writes down one tally mark.
One lick, two licks, three licks…
As he starts a new row of tally marks he becomes a little hesitant and this might be where he inadvertently threw off his concentration.
He licked the lollipop several more times and then…
Instead of putting the lollipop up to his mouth, he accidentally put the marker to his mouth and even worse, he put the marker on his tongue!
He noticed his mistake rather quickly.
My nephew was counting how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop… wait for it pic.twitter.com/6x2t7954GY
— Gina Olson (@ginaolson_) March 1, 2018
Unfortunately for us, the video cut off just as he realized the unfortunate mistake.
For those wondering how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop: Students at Purdue University engineered a “licking machine” and discovered it took an average of 364 licks. They also had a group of 20 volunteers and they averaged a total of 252 licks.
A doctoral student at University of Michigan recorded that it took his licking machine 411 licks, while high school students from Swarthmore Junior High School challenged each other and reported that it took them on average, 144 licks.
According to a famous owl, it only takes three.
So, how long does it take you to reach the center? However you keep track, make sure you don’t mistake your writing tool for your lollipop!