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Last edited at 4:11PM on 6/19/2013
It depends essentially on two things: the length and muscularity of the tongue.
If you have a very long tongue and use the whole length to lick the Tootsie Pop you will obviously get there more quickly than a short-tongued licker using only the tip.
How strong is your tongue? Do you build up its strength and flexibility by balancing walnuts on it or seeing whether you can lick your own ear? (If you do the latter be sure to lick both ears equally or it'll get too strong on one side and you'll develop an ear-licker accent, which is very difficult to understand.)
Is it rough or smooth? A smooth tongue is less effective in Tootsie licking than one which has developed a rough coat. To become an Olympic-class licker you need to practise by licking concrete. Be sure to sterilise it first.
The formula for finding out how many licks to reach the centre is: C = LV(fs+t) when C = Tootsie Pop Centre, L = length, V = velocity of tongue, s = strength, f = flexibility and t = texture.