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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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_drop_experiment

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http://www.theninthwatch.com/feed/

RadioLab Podcast about the Pitch Drop
http://www.radiolab.org/story/267176-never-quite-now/
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:11 PM   #31
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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."
That makes sense.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:13 PM   #32
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Here's a timelapse from May 2012 to August 2013.

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Old 10-21-2013, 01:15 PM   #33
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I'm conducting a two poops per day experiment. Got a webcam in my toilet. Anybody want the link? You don't have to wait that long.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:15 PM   #34
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Here's a timelapse from May 2012 to August 2013.

Oh holy hell. Even the timelapse looks like a complete stand still. I'm calling it now, this thing doesn't drop for at least another six months. You gonna stay updated on this thing?
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:16 PM   #35
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I'm conducting a two poops per day experiment. Got a webcam in my toilet. Anybody want the link? You don't have to wait that long.
Wife use the same bathroom? If so, sign me up.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:16 PM   #36
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Here's a timelapse from May 2012 to August 2013.
It looks like the remnants of what I assume is the last drop might be slightly impeding the progress of the current one. Giving it just a little bit of support could add years.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:17 PM   #37
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I'm conducting a two poops per day experiment. Got a webcam in my toilet. Anybody want the link? You don't have to wait that long.
No thanks, I'm good.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:17 PM   #38
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:18 PM   #39
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It looks like the remnants of what I assume is the last drop might be slightly impeding the progress of the current one. Giving it just a little bit of support could add years.
Yeah I'm wondering how many previous drops are in that and if it's actually impeding the progress or if the last drop is completely along the side of the glass it's in and isn't actually touching the current one.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:19 PM   #40
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:27 PM   #41
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:01 PM   #43
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I'm conducting a two poops per day experiment. Got a webcam in my toilet. Anybody want the link? You don't have to wait that long.
while I am completely disinterested in the link.....

would you please clarify the parameters of your experiment?
what are your expectations?
do you expect to have to force yourself to get that second one in?
OR....are you expecting to be sitting there prairie dogging, waiting for the clock to strike midnight so you can launch some taco bell and not exceed your set "two a day" limitation?
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