Is this the most boring experiment ever?

Scientists watch drops of pitch form – and there have been eight in 75 years

  • Experiment began in 1927 to prove pitch is a liquid
  • In 75 years, just EIGHT drops have fallen
  • The rate is slowing, and last drop fell 12 years ago
  • Current custodian has watched since 60s – but has missed all five drops that have fallen
  • Drop ‘could’ fall this year, but 2013 ‘is a better bet’

A lump of the black substance, which can be broken with a hammer, was put into a glass funnel – and the waiting began.The experiment has been running now for 85 years and it is estimated that it will last for another century

By ROB WAUGH
It’s the world’s longest-running experiment – and the very, very patient scientists in charge are waiting for a single drop of pitch to fall, 12 YEARS after the last one fell.
The ‘pitch drop’ experiment began in 1927 and was designed to show that solid-looking pitch was, in fact, a liquid.
The experiment has been running now for 85 years and it is estimated that it will last for another century…..

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