Paper folded 13 times!

via Boing Boing

It was previously thought that a piece of paper could not be folded in half more than seven times. In 2002 though, then-high school student Britney Gallivan folded a piece 12 times. This has also been featured on Mythbusters. Now, students the St. Marks School, a Massachusetts prep school, completed 13 folds.

Their Youtube commentary says:

On December 4, 2011 seventeen St. Mark’s students led by St. Mark’s mathematics teacher Dr. James Tanton succeeded in setting a new paper folding record of 13 stable folds using just over 10 miles (53,000 feet) of toilet paper and the 3rd floor of MIT’s famous Infinite Corridor. The St. Mark’s folding team were the guests of MIT’s origami club, OrigaMIT. The exercise dramatically demonstrates exponential decay as the 10 miles of paper, after 13 folds, is now about 5 feet long and 2-and-a-half feet high (with 8129 layers).

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