Toothpaste physics

Does anyone else feel like it is impossible for a toothpaste tube to ever run out? As it nears the end, it seems to take exponentially more effort to get the same amount of toothpaste, but it always feels like it’s possible to get there with enough work. It feels like it would go down like this:

Monday: 10 seconds to get enough for brushing
Tuesday: 20 seconds
Wednesday: 40 seconds
Thursday: 1.5 minutes
Friday: (projected) 3 minutes
Saturday: (projected) 6 minutes
Sunday: (projected) 12 minutes

…but of course we always give in on Friday and get a new tube. I mean, conservation of matter tells me that it would have to run out, but my gut tells me that it doesn’t, and that we need to investigate this scientific anomaly.


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I'm a composer, and a graduate student at UC Santa Barbara. This blog contains my philosophical musings on music and on other things. If you want to actually listen to my music, you can find it at Welcome! :)
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2 Responses to Toothpaste physics

  1. Do you cut the end off with scissors and do the squish thing?

  2. marcpevans says:

    This is something I wish had been brought to my attention years ago. Thank you for finally enlightening me.

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