How Many Licks It Takes to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Pop, According to Science

Scientists waste their time studying space travel when they could be researching things that really affect our everyday lives like this?

Science has finally used empirical methods to answer a question that generations of young television viewers have asked — how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie pop?

The question was famously posed in a series of animated advertisements, like this one:

According to Time, a report recently published the Journal of Fluid Mechanics established that it takes roughly 1,000 licks to reach the center of a typical lollipop, but closer to a whopping 2,500 licks to Tootsie roll center of your typical Tootsie pop.

Researchers at New York University and Florida State University developed a theory based on how flowing saliva slowly reforms and dissolves the material and applied the math to a mass the size of an average lollipop.

In case you’re outraged that scientists would waste their time researching something so useless, we have two things to say. 1. You’re wrong to think that. 2. This theory can also contribute to research in the fields of geology and pharmaceutical science. Read more in the NY Post.