Question: "How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?"
Answer: It depends who you're asking.
If you ask me, three sounds like a reasonable number (I chomp, not lick). To others, 10 is far more likely (or conservative). Scientific experiments range from 144-411.
It's funny: defining the indefinable. While we like to think in absolutes, there are always other factors "clouding" the outcome: preferences, sample/data contamination, time, environment, knowledge (to name a few).
Will a fresh, NEW pop break down more quickly that an old one?
What if a person has a really large, wet, acidic tongue?
Does that matter?
How big is the pop?
Miniature? Jumbo? Is that taken into consideration?
What's the temperature of your mouth? Is it full of other things?
Can't melt candy when your mouth's full of meatloaf.
Is the wrapper off?
While it may seem like a strange analogy, that's the dilemma faced by me and numerous other Lyme/chronically ill patients.
We all have the same question:
What will it take to get well?