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Old 10-21-2013, 10:16 AM  
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Watch the Pitch Dropô

This is the longest known, uninterrupted experiment in the world.

In 1927, an Australian professor put an extremely viscous liquid (asphalt, a.k.a. The Pitch, which is commonly mistaken for a solid) into a funnel and it has been slowly dripping ever since.

It has dripped a drop only 8 times since 1938, and has never been seen by a human before. Now there is a web cam, and you can watch it slowly drip.

Very exciting.

Wiki:
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RadioLab Podcast about the Pitch Drop
http://www.radiolab.org/story/267176-never-quite-now/
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:35 AM   #16
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:37 AM   #17
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The site automatically logs you out after a few minutes of inactivity because if you sign up, and you're logged in and actively watching (a prompt will come up giving you 30 seconds to confirm you're still watching), then your name will go in the official record under observer of the 9th drop.

Right now only 363 people are watching this. It also keeps track of your time. I've been watching for 17 minutes and I'm the #1119th top watcher.

I have to go to the doctors office in 20 minutes and I'm scared I'm gonna miss it.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:50 AM   #18
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This shit has me on the edge of my seat!
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:59 AM   #19
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This is about as exciting as watching old people ****....
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:03 AM   #20
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Well, the world itself was the longest running experiment, well, until the Vogan's blew it up.

Sorry, inner geek leaking out...
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:06 AM   #21
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What exactly are they trying to prove here, the existence of gravity?
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:08 AM   #22
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What exactly are they trying to prove here, the existence of gravity?
I think when the experiment started, it wasn't common knowledge that something seeming so solid could be a liquid. Still probably isn't, but I'm guessing it is more accepted now than then.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:09 AM   #23
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:11 AM   #24
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This is about as exciting as watching old people ****....
Set up a web cam in your bedroom and lets find out.
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:47 PM   #25
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:55 PM   #26
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:58 PM   #27
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Buck, I could be wrong, but looking at this thing makes me think it's still a few weeks from falling. It looks like it's still super thick at the bottom where the drop should separate from the rest of the asphalt.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:05 PM   #28
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Buck, I could be wrong, but looking at this thing makes me think it's still a few weeks from falling. It looks like it's still super thick at the bottom where the drop should separate from the rest of the asphalt.
I don't know how thick it needs to be at it's neck to break, but supposedly it's going to happen soon. Soon could mean another year though.

Last time it took 12.83 years for it to drop. That was in the year 2000. So add another 12.83 years and it's about due.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:09 PM   #29
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I don't know how thick it needs to be at it's neck to break, but supposedly it's going to happen soon. Soon could mean another year though.

Last time it took 12.83 years for it to drop. That was in the year 2000. So add another 12.83 years and it's about due.
It is actually slowing down.

"Some time after the seventh drop fell in 1988, air conditioning was added to the location where the experiment takes place. The temperature stability has lengthened each drop's stretch before it separates from the rest of the pitch in the funnel."
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:11 PM   #30
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I don't know how thick it needs to be at it's neck to break, but supposedly it's going to happen soon. Soon could mean another year though.

Last time it took 12.83 years for it to drop. That was in the year 2000. So add another 12.83 years and it's about due.
You're right, I was purely speculating. I don't know how to read the thickness or when it's going to break either. I've been working at the computer this morning and have kept it open. I'm the #346th top watcher now. I'm about to lose steam though, because I'm outta here.
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