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How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to The Center of a Tootsie Pop

How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to The Center of a Tootsie Pop

7 th graders in Mrs. Erbentraut's class in Paris, Wisconsin finally figured out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. They finally figured out the age old mystery. It took them an average of 834 licks to get to the center.

All 26 students got a Tootsie Pop and started counting. It took them over an hour but they eventually got it done. Some of the factors they came up with that may have affected the number of licks it took were how you licked the lollipop, how fast you licked, & what the person's definition was of the "center" of the lollipop. Students did the activity in Science class to practice writing a lab report using the Scientific Method.

- Posted on November 12, 2010

Some thing for "The world might never know". I think it would be a awesome project for science, maybe I'll ask. But I guess it really does depend what you consider the center of a tootsie pop.

The world now knows. ha ha ha looks like Tootsie Pops lost there mystery. we just never put our minds to it until now! there are no limts for mankind.

That is very very very cool. And that would be a fun assignment or homework for science, instead of studying for a test or doing other hard homework.

I am in this school that did this. It was weird because some had 1000 licks others had 80 and Mrs. Erbentraut had to take a average of the licks. It is dependable on what you consider "the center." Some students think the center is the stick, while I think it is when you get to the tootsie roll part. I wish I was in the class that did this. I might try that, to see what I get. The problem is I am too impatient!

My sister is in Mrs. Erbentraut's class. She tolled me that she counted to over 1000. She last track after that. Mrs. Erbentraut bet that the 7th grade would loose count. That is awesome home work.

I wish I was in that 7th grade. If it took an average of 834 licks to get to the center of a tootsie pop, I wonder how many average licks it takes to get to the center of a blow pop. I can't believe that they could do that without loosing count of their licks. When I get to 7th grade with Mrs. Erbentraut's class I hope that we can do a lab like that. I can't imagine how sore their tongue was after.

well one time i thought about doing it but i did not do it because i did not want to sit there and wait for a long time just licking it i would have just liked it to much and just ate the loly pop up to pieces.

I am in Mrs. Erbentraut's class so I got to do this lab. It was tasty but very boaring because we couldn't talk to our friends. Insted we had to count how many licks we took. I usualy love doing labs in Mrs. Erbentraut's class but not so much for this one. I wish we could have done a funer lab than this one.

I remember that! it was so fun! my toung hurt after that though. I wish we could do that again! It was really cool to know that we were the first class that figured that out! It took us a long time but we did it!

That sounds like alot of fun to just not do class and just lick a tootsie pop! Wow i would think it takes alot more than 834 licks! I would think that it would take about 1,000 licks. It would be so much fun i'm jellous of the seventh graders.I hope we do that next year!