It's almost impossible to fold a piece of paper in half more than seven times under normal circumstances. Sure, the guys on MythBusters managed to fold a piece of paper eleven times, but they used a sheet of paper the size of a football field and needed the help of a forklift and steamroller to get the job done.
Britney Gallivan even demonstrated that it's possible to fold a piece of paper in half twelve times, but that "piece" of paper was actually a 4,000-foot-long sheet of specialized toilet paper—that cost $85 per roll. I really don't know what to say about the existence of $85 toilet paper, so let's just pass it off to Wee-Bey for a second.
Anyway, for us regular schmoes who can't afford absurdly-priced TP and don't have access to a steamroller, folding a regular piece of paper in half more than seven times is pretty much out of the question.
The Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube thought they might be able to game the system by using a, uh... what's another term for hydraulic press?
They tried folding an A3 sheet of paper (11.7" x 16.5") in half more than seven times. This press was able to completely flatten a Nokia 3310, so folding paper in half should be no problem, right?
Let's check the tape. (Video contains NSFW language.)
And there you have it. On the seventh fold, the sheet of paper basically explodes under the pressure of the hydraulic press, and its consistency changes to that of crumbly, rotten tree bark.
The Hydraulic Press Channel is busy crushing plenty of other things, like Barbie dolls, golf balls, and Paul Simon's favorite camera, so go check out the channel. It may not be quite as good as watching Arnold Schwarzenegger crush things with his tank, but it's still pretty good.
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