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Thomas Parnell

  1. The Longest Running Experiment in the World has a Webcam, is Glacially Slow

    In 1927, a University of Queensland professor named Thomas Parnell wanted to demonstrate the fluidity of extremely viscous substances. To that end, he melted pitch -- which is a form of tar -- and poured it into a closed funnel, letting it dry for three years. Now, pitch is hard when dry and will even shatter when when struck. However, after the funnel end was cut, the pitch began to drip with agonizing slowness. And 85 years later, it's still going.

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