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From today's "Spin the Wheel" contribution . . . yeah, I'm curious too . . . WHAT IS THAT???
THE PITCH DROP EXPERIMENT
The pitch drop experiment is a long-term experiment that measures the flow of a piece of pitch over many years. Pitch is the name for any of a number of highly viscous liquids that appear solid, most commonly bitumen.
The best known version of the experiment was started in 1927 by Professor Thomas Parnell of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, to demonstrate to students that some substances that appear solid are, in fact, very-high-viscosity fluids.
This is recorded in Guinness World Records as the world's longest continuously running laboratory experiment, and it is expected that there is enough pitch in the funnel to allow it to continue for at least another hundred years. This experiment is predated by two other still-active scientific devices, the Oxford Electric Bell (1840) and the Beverly Clock (1864), but each of these has experienced brief interruptions since 1937.
So then . . . if you find yourself with little or nothing to do for, say, the next 14 or so years . . . log in to watch the LIVE FEED and a chance to have your name registered in the annals of science!
The Pitch Drop is the world’s longest running lab experiment. In 86 years, no one has seen a drop fall from this solid that behaves like a liquid. But now, the 9th drop is set to go and if you’re logged in when it falls, we’ll add your name to the history books.
I knew there would be a comprehensive GUMBO REPORT™ on this subject the moment it appeared in the ending.