May 13, 2012
Worse Than Watching Grass Grow and Paint Dry

A lump of the black substance, which can be broken with a hammer, was put into a glass funnel - and the waiting began. A decade after the late Professor Thomas Parnell, formerly from Cambridge University, began the process, the first of eight drops fell.

The viscous liquid continued its incredibly slow, but inexorable, journey downwards, and in 1947 the second drop fell.

The next drops occurred in 1954, 1962, 1970, 1979, 1988 and lastly in 2000 when the webcam that was trained on the experiment broke at the crucial stage.

Read then entire*YAWN* here.

Posted by Ellen at May 13, 2012 06:06 AM

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"Excited scientists are eagerly awaiting for the world's longest-running experiment which began in 1927, to produce a 'drop' of pitch..."

There's not a whole lot happening in the lab, apparently!

Posted by: Ron_in_CO on May 13, 2012 09:25 PM

Well, at least we know what a professor with a lifetime grant looks like.

Posted by: Scott on May 15, 2012 07:12 PM
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