Longest Running Experiment Currently On 85th Year

January 25, 2012


The world's longest running experiment was started by Thomas Parnell of the University of Queensland in 1927 to prove that tar pitch, a seemingly brittle coal derivative that can be shattered with a hammer at room temperature, is, in fact, a viscous fluid. FUN BONUS FACT: tar pitch is so dark it's the origin of the term "pitch-black"! Thomas melted the coal pitch, let it cool for three years, then placed it in a funnel. The first drop dripped eight years later, followed by another nine after that. Bored-out-of-their-f***ing-minds scientists are currently waiting for drip nine to drop like a stubborn turd. The world's shortest experiment? My peener. "That's not really an experiment." No? Maybe THIS will change your mind. "Stuffing it in a test tube?" Science, ladies and gentlemen!

World's Longest-Running Experiment of the Day [geeks.thedailywh.at]
FYI: How Long-Running Is the Longest-Running Lab Experiment? [popsci]

Thanks to Mark, who agrees I should change my name to Science. HA -- I already have.

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