Wait...isn't that how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?
According to chefsresource.com/licks-center-tootsie-pop, an average of 144 licks is needed to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop. It seems that a number of different factors affect the exact number of licks needed. Studies suggest that the size of the tongue and the amount of saliva it produces have an impact on the results.
EDIT: No, I did not just make that up and, YES, we are talking tootsie pop.