The simple question has drove scientists mad for a number of years, but they think they may have finally discovered the answer.
A Th-reee. *Crunch*
We all know the story. Biting down on the tootsie pop before actually making it to the center, well now things have changed. Scientists have programmed a robot with a tongue-like mechanism that resists the temptation to bite down and instead follows the rules of licking. Obviously, these robots can be used for more pleasurable actions, but need to be thoroughly tested that they pose no threat of biting down and tootsie pops were the perfect test subjects. After reporting several failures of lock jaw, running out of lubricant-based saliva and several other errors, the robots have finally been perfected to due what they are meant to do. Carefully measuring each lick and insuring each one was the same and averaging all outcomes, scientists have come to the conclusion that it takes exactly 23.7 licks to get to the center of a tootsie pop.
This number isn’t very helpful for humans, as we do not deal in decimal licks, but good data to keep for robotic science. If you or a loved one would like a licking robot for personal use, they will reportedly be ready for mass production by early next year.
~ C. J. Strong