Paper Trivia

I learned an inter­est­ing bit of trivia the other day while prepar­ing for a les­son in the art of Japan­ese Paper Fold­ing, a.k.a. “Origami”. This may not change your life, but it does make a great con­ver­sa­tion starter and I guar­an­tee your stu­dents will not be will­ing to just take your word for it!

So, here it is.… did you know that it’s impos­si­ble to fold a piece of paper (any size) in half more than eight times??? It doesn’t sound that hard, but give it a try and you’ll see.… no mat­ter how big or how thin the paper is, after eight folds (if you can even get that many) it will be too small and too thick to fold again. I tried it with all kinds of dif­fer­ent papers, even tis­sue, and it’s really true.…try it for yourself!

(Spe­cial thanks to Anne Akers John­son, author of (Klutz) Origami for this fas­ci­nat­ing infor­ma­tion! And by the way, this is a great book with about ten really fun, and not too frus­trat­ing, projects that look more com­pli­cated than they really are.… the direc­tions are well writ­ten and easy to follow.)

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2 Responses to Paper Trivia

  1. Gabby October 23, 2008 at 6:50 am #

    OK, so here I am at work fold­ing paper. I got up to six.… The things you teach me Miss Cheryl are mind blow­ing. Keep it up!

  2. erica October 28, 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    that’s crazy! no mat­ter how large the piece of paper is? what if it was a really big, thin piece … like wrap­ping paper or some­thing? wow.

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