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From:  "rebel"

how many licks DOES it take to get to the canter of the tootsie pop???

KJ first attempted with this: 

Whatever, go to here They have it, most answers range from 200 to 800. If you send in your answer they will send you an award certificate, mine is hanging in my living room proudly displayed for all to see.

TB sent us this website: 

try here

Todd wrote this: 

I have actually tried this one. It took me about 300 licks to reach the center. Many studies have been conducted with machines and people. The average is around 250-350. The only problem is no two tootsie pops are alike. The center is often closer on one side than the other. Also it depends on who is licking and how many times they swallow. So "the world may never know" the true value because it is impossible to determine a number that would always be true for every tootsie pop.

miriam shared her personal experience: 

i know this!!! i did it once when i was 13 and it took exactly 1,543 licks.

Adam responded with this: 

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. (all from www.tootsie.com)

amrshalakanidr helped with this: 

it depends upon if u r gonna keep it inside your mouth all the time or u just taking regular licks from time to another. it also depends on the amount of saliva your mouth produces...

Bill muttered this: 

It takes 14,038 licks to get to the center of the tootsie pop.

Dave attempted with this thought: 

"One" is the answer.
One lick, The rest is generally sucking followed by the inevitable crunch. I have never seen a pop licked to the center. I think its impossible.

Mr Obvious responded with this: 

The tootsie roll pop question is, in all honesty, unanswerable. Variances among individual humans make the equation unbalanced to say the least - for instance, saliva acidity (more acidity will corrode the pop faster); tongue size (larger tongues can "cover more ground," as it were); and just what is a "lick" (is it when I run my tongue over the entire pop, when I actually put it in my mouth, or when my lips graze the pop?). There's just too much speculation involved to make it a worthy equation to solve.

Fallen Goddess finished with this: 

I think it's about 50, granted that you don't pull the stupid stunt on the commercial & bite it. In that case, 3. :)

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