Tear the Paper Another Way?

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Something I still don't have an official answer to.

Submitted: March 11, 2012

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Submitted: March 11, 2012



Many types of paper, although, not the paper which this is typed upon,

will tear easily vertically, in a straight line;

without wandering about, from time to time.

This is typing paper that you’re seeing now.

It starts out blank and the lines are only suggested by the words on the page.

o Are you wondering where this is going?

o Will I have you tear this up when you’ve finished reading it?

By the time I finish you may want to do just that.

This kind of paper is as easily torn vertically as it is horizontally.

My focus is on other kinds of paper such as newspaper, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and tissue paper.

These can easily be torn in a straight line from top to bottom but tearing across is much more of a problem.

o Why do you suppose that is?

Well, paper is made from fibers, therefore, the fibers must be lining up in one direction.

o Is this a test?

No, I’m just wondering if this is what you guessed.

If the answer is yes, then we’re on the same page (in more ways than one).

o Want to have some fun?

Try tearing diagonally, in a straight line.

o O.K. I’ve proven my point but what I really want to know is how are the fibers lined up just so, when the paper starts out as nothing but pulp?

One answer I got when asking this question was that the fibers are mechanically squeezed;

my response was, “Don’t squeeze the Charmin”.

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