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No. 3681: The Seven-Year Pitch

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The Seven-Year Pitch

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Strip by: Manyhills

Caption: Brisbane, 1927:
{Garfield pours from a jug}
{One drop of liquid slowly forms}
{The drop elongates but still does not fall}
Garfield: This is going to be one good science experiment!

The author writes:

By some reckonings*, the University of Queensland in Brisbane is host to the longest continuously running science experiment in the world, Thomas Parnell's pitch drop experiment - a demonstration that pitch/bitumen/asphalt is, at room temperature, not a solid but an extremely viscous liquid.

*I will note that even a University source feels the need to put "experiment" in inverted commas

Original strip: 1989-02-15.