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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.
To rectify this, and to prove that if something is truly useless it will have a home on the Internet, the University has set up a webcam with its all-seeing eye trained on the pitch experiment. Now you — yes, you! — can watch with bated breath for the long expected ninth drop to fall!
You can also see students of The University of Queensland milling around outside the cabinet, so it is more exciting than watching grass grow!