And They Said It Couldn't Be Done: Woman Successfully Folds Piece Of Paper In Half 12 Times

November 29, 2018


This is a video highlighting the work of Britney Gallivan, who recently set the Guinness World Record for number of times a piece of paper was folded in half, with a staggering twelve folds. Continually folding a piece of paper in half is an example of exponential growth, and Britney says if you could fold an ordinary piece of paper in half fifty times, the thickness would reach the sun. I believe her. The trick to folding a piece of paper in half so many times is the length of the paper, since, while the middle thickness of the stack always doubles with each fold, the radius of the fold (the curving area to the side) actually squares. Britney states as the number of folds increase, you need four times the length of paper to achieve the next fold, and it took her 4,000 feet of paper to set the twelve fold record (pictured above is only eleven of the final twelve). Impressive, now lets raid the bathrooms for toilet paper then tape them together and go for thirteen.

Keep going for the video, complete with equations.

Thanks to Jules, who agrees anything is possible with math on your side.

  • Zachary Zarko

    Meh, I'm not impressed. I've been doing this with CVS pharmacy receipts for years.

  • omegaxeno

    zachary_zarko gg

  • MM

    i guarantee her boyfriend is a nignog

  • GeneralDisorder

    I have an impossible challenge for her. Get some glasses that look right on your face. Those frames are too god damned big.

  • Joey Blackbird

    I thought they mentioned this record on mythbusters season 3 or 4 (over 10 yrs ago)

  • Joey Blackbird

    My mistake, it was good mythical morning I saw her on when they tried it. I've got better things to do with my life (I don't really, I'm just too lazy to try)

  • Wooder

    Now that's something you can put on your resume!
    But can she put 8 large marshmallows in her mouth...NO!

  • Crazy Panther

    I wonder how many folds it would take to put a bag over her head.

  • SAK68

    HA! I bet you have the coolest basement!

  • Bling Nye

    You're single, aren't you. And sad. :(

  • Ollie Williams

    I find her unusually attractive.

  • The_Wretched

    I find her usually attractive.

    I find her attractive, usually.

    I find her _____ unusually attractive.

    If I had a magnet of sufficient and unusual power....

  • Richard H Sanford

    Cute AF in a nerdy (you know, the best) way.

  • Nicholas Conrad
  • Approximately the same amount of toilet paper that my 2 year old uses after every poop.

  • Tigerh8r

    Lol - My 16 year old!!!

  • ChungLingSoo


    My motto is: They said it couldn't be done.....So I didn't.

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