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It’s time for Amelia Hamilton to answer your questions about gyms, dancing, and … licking machines?
Just how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie pop? I never learned the answer. — @LilMissRightie
Ah, a question for the ages. That owl was so busy cheating that we never got a real answer. It’s okay, we have the internet now; the internet knows everything and never lies.
At Purdue University, students created a licking machine to test this age-old question and came up with an average of 364 licks to get to the middle. The University of Michigan’s licking machine (seriously, what?) had an average of 411. At Swarthmore Junior High, students just used the actual tongues in their mouths like regular people and found it took an average of 144 licks. I’d go with the humans on this one.
I’m a dude. There’s this guy I work with who belongs to the same gym as I do. I’ve said “hi” to him a few times … even approached him at work and mentioned how we belong to the same gym, yet still he ignores me. In fact, just today I passed him in the hall and he glanced at me for a split second then just walked on past without saying anything. It’s really starting to tick me off and I think I may need to kick his butt. Should I? SHOULD I?
Let it go, man. Princess Elsa style. If he doesn’t talk to you, don’t talk to him. Presumably, you have actual friends who sometimes reply when you say hello. As for the fighting, I guess that depends on which of you works out more.
A woman was nasty to me in a dance class. In fact, she made me cry. Now she turns her back on me in class. It’s bizarre. She’s a coward and a bully. But I’ve decided to smile and pretend nothing has happened — just to get her goat. What do you think of my plan? Kill them with kindness, I say (because murder is illegal).
I’m sorry you had to deal with a grown-up (chronologically, at least) mean girl. George Herbert said “Living well is the best revenge,” and I have to agree. She’s clearly a miserable creature, and you don’t need to sully yourself with her nonsense. Be kind, be happy, and “accidentally” land a misplaced kick to her shin at some point.
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