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Fold a Paper in Half More Than 8 Times

Everyone knows that it's impossible to fold a paper in half more than 8 times using any size paper.

That is until Britney Gallivan proved them wrong. She folded it 12 times for extra credit in a junior high school math class, no less.

Way to go, Britney!


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Actually the original challenge specifically states: any length or shape of paper. The only restriction is to fold it in half.

What Britney did was unique: she realized this is a problem of limits (the thickness of paper works against you) and worked out a mathematical formula that minimizes this effect.
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Big deal. This may be the dumbest thing I've seen in a while. That paper must be about forty miles long; of course you can fold it 12 times. The old saying that you can't fold paper more than 8 times was referring to a sheet (i.e. 8.5" x 11") of paper, in which case you simply run out of material.
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