Watch a piece of paper shatter when folded seven times using a hydraulic press

  It’s common playground knowledge that it’s impossible to fold a piece of paper in half more than seven times. This usually comes into play when engaged in serious scientific experiments such as paper football matches and paper airplane tournaments. The usual caveats to this “law” are:
  1. the paper must be a standard letter or A4 paper
  2. it must be folded by hand
  3. it must be folded in-half
The Mythbusters busted this long-ago, albeit by using a huge piece of paper in an airplane hangar, but they did manage to fold a single sheet of paper eleven times. Now, they did use a HUGE piece of paper, a steam roller and a forklift.   Many have said though, the Mythbusters success has too many exceptions. How many folds can you get from a single, letter-sized piece of paper if you have a mechanical advantage. What kind of mechanical advantage? How about a hydraulic press? The experiment seems pretty straightforward, until fold seven when it audibly sounds like the press breaks. That sound was actually the paper “shattering” into some sort of pulp shards. Super Weird!

Where’s the blast shield?


Just for grins – what happens to a Nokia 3310 in the Hydraulic Press?

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Adam Beck

Director of Marketing at CADENAS PARTsolutions | A graduate of the Richard Farmer School of Business Marketing at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, Adam has years of experience in marketing and design for a variety of industries. He enjoys many outlets for creativity including working on custom cars and guitars. He’s also a fan of Formula1 racing and the Cincinnati Bengals. Adam currently lives in Ohio with his wife Stephanie, daughter Nora and son Otto.