We have seen so many creative things done by people to pass their time being in lockdown. But today, we brought to you a story about a very bored Chester student that had a very licky idea. He wanted to find out how many licks it would take to finish a lollipop.
This lazy yet very interesting plus curious idea was brought forward by James Hunt. He happens to be an engineering student who became so jaded with quarantine life without his boyfriend that he counted how many times he had to lick a lollipop before it was finished.
As surprising as it may sound, the 23-year-old from Chester had to spend almost two whole hours licking a strawberry Chupa Chups lolly down to the stick in a ‘painful test of stamina’.
The curious little James explained that the mission was born out of ‘sheer boredom’, obviously, no one before quarantine had the “time” to think about it. After his attention was sucked into a lollipop, he became more and more curious about its longevity. ‘As a child, you tend to wonder about things like that, but we’ve got all the time in the world right now to sit there and do a lot of random things,’ he said.
This little experiment took place on Sunday, April 26, and James wasn’t serious about this mission. He absolutely DID NOT wanna mess around. He made sure it was done professionally, making sure he had a clock counter to take pictures of the lollipop as it dissolves.
Believe it or not, licking a lolly down to the nub isn’t easy. He set himself regular goals of 250 licks, updated his friends on Snapchat each time, however by 500 his tongue started to hurt.
“Usually, you tend to suck it so you’ve got a lot of salivae and I didn’t think I had the stamina either. I started to lick it and after about 500 it starts to hurt and then I started to get shaky as well for some reason.”
He made sure to not bend the lolly stick because he was pushing it in one direction with one finger and the other direction with the other finger: “so I started to get a proper shake on the go. It became like a test of stamina.”
As the lolly became smaller, evolving through the gritty stage and getting a smoother, tastier point, James battled straining patience. ‘Then I thought, you know, what we’re already an hour into this, I might as well see this through,’ he said.
Right now, like many others, James can’t attend college or any part-time jobs. ‘It’s been a very boring time by myself. Very terrible,’ he said. His partner of two years, Daniel, recently moved back home to Shropshire – unfortunately, they haven’t seen each other due to lockdown.
However, he said ‘the experiment was definitely good training for when I see Daniel again’. He battled on with the lolly, managing to update his friends throughout. Once he reached 1,250 clicks, he stopped to take a picture every 50 after that.
After finishing the Herculean feat, he was wary people would think he’d lied, ‘because most people would have thought I was sitting there sucking it and then making some random numbers up’.
Fortunately, his click counter app produced a handy graph to prove to naysayers he hadn’t fudged his figures, adding ‘some sort of scientific effect to it’.
I got bored so now you know how many kicks it takes a 23-year-old, 6’2″, 182-pound man to lick a lollipop down to the stick. Spoiler, it’s 1,417 licks. I’m going to need more data, so feel free to post your findings.
The experiment proved to be a hit, amassing more than 1,500 likes and 1,800 comments. One of his mates commented: ‘Shall we have a comp… who licks the best?’ James replied: ‘Ask [my boyfriend], I’m pretty good at the tongue punching department.’
Following the huge reaction, James is now thinking of organizing a race against his work pals to see who can finish one the quickest. ‘Facebook was going crazy. I didn’t realize so many people needed this answer in their life,’ he said.
I have been in love with writing ever since I was a kid. This led me to study English literature for my higher education. I am also an LLB(Law) graduate. I am always curious about happenings in the world. It could be anything and everything. Curiosity to explore and learn new things made me a content writer. I’m focused on improving my writing skills and increasing my passion for knowledge. Aside from being a total bookworm, I love to dance, I do Tiktok, the list goes on!
Here’s a little sneak peek into my personal life. I’m a single mother, and I have a beautiful baby girl. My life would never have been better without her.