How Long Does It Take to Get to the Bottom of an Excel Spreadsheet?


Is there a final row in an Excel spreadsheet? Just like finding out how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop, there is only one way to find out (OK, fine you can Google it, but that spoils the fun). Tenacious internet pioneer Hunter Hobbs sought to find out how long it took to reach the bottom by keeping a steady hand on the down arrow key.

Unlike the cheating owl from the Tootsie Pop commercial, Hobbs adhered to some strict rules: No taking breaks, no using the control key, and no biting into lollipops. All he could do was sit, keep his finger on the key, and wait. With the help of some small distractions (like a book, a pizza, and a paddle ball), Hobbs finally made it to the end—after nine and a half hours. Thanks to his valiant efforts, we now know how long it takes to get to row 1,048,576, so we never have to do it ourselves.

[h/t SPLOID]