Yay!: 69-Year Old Tar Pitch Experiment Finally Complete

July 19, 2013

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69-years later, Trinity College Dublin has finally seen it's first drop of tar pitch from an experiment started in 1944. As you may recall from the same experiment conducted at the University of Queensland, tar pitch is a viscoelastic polymer, meaning it appears hard and brittle, but is actually viscous and will flow given enough time. And this is a time-lapse video of Trinity College Dublin's first drip, which, let's not kid ourselves, can only be described as like watching an unhealthy turd drop in slow motion. The kind that'll leave a mark on a toilet bowl that can survive flushing.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to Karsten, who waited almost a whole year for his dog's balls to drop. And no thanks to me, for not being smart enough to eat lunch BEFORE writing this post.

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