Paper Trivia

The word for paper and papyrus comes from the ancient Eygptian word for papyrus, papuro.

Each of us generates about 3.5 pounds of trash each day. Most of our personal trash consists of paper products.

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

Men are 1.6 times more likely to undergo by-pass surgery than women.

Toilet Paper was used in China as early as 875 A.D., twenty years prior to the earliest known Hebrew manuscript of the Old Testament on paper.

Need to know measurements but don't have a tape measure? All U.S. paper currency is 6 inches long.

Did you know that you cannot fold any piece of paper in half, no matter what size, more than six times? Try it!

The little paper circles left over when a hole punch is used are called Chad.

If you fold a (large) piece of paper 42 times, the resulting 'tower' will reach the moon.

More than 200 schools in seven states and Ontario, Canada, have switched from throwaway paperboard milk containers to refillable plastic bottles that can be sterilized and reused. The schools involved in this program help keep 30 million paper cartons out of the waste stream.

In one year, 2 billion books, 359 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published in the United States.

One year's worth of the New York Times newspaper weighs 520 pounds.

One tonne of paper made from recycled pulp saves 17 trees.

The average British family throws away 6 trees worth of paper in their household bin in a year.

Over a million tonnes of newspapers are thrown away every year in the UK.

On average every person in the UK gets through 38kg of newspapers a year.

The UK uses a forest the size of Wales every year in paper.

In 1990, third class mail made up more than 2% of the waste disposed in the United States and weighed 3.6 million tons.

Every ton of paper made from recycled materials saves about 17 trees.

Every year, the U.S. and Canada chop down 34 million Christmas trees - enough to cover the state of Rhode Island with a forest.

Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin timber.
The post-consumer recycling rate for old newsprint in the US in 1990, 1992, and 1994 was 38%, 47%, and 45% respectively (MSW Report).

Nearly 81.3 million tons of paper and paperboard waste was generated in the U.S. in 1994.
Paper and paperboard constituted the largest portion of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream in 1994, representing 38.9% of the total waste by weight.

Not all paper is used for printing and writing.

In 875 CE Chinese invent toilet paper.

Sales for toilet paper world wide reached more than 3.5 billion dollars in 1995.

A little more than half of all U.S. paper production takes the form of converted paper products and paperboard containers and boxes (51.1 million tons in 1999).

Today, more than 95 percent of paper is made from wood cellulose.

VW Beetle first year...sold only 330 cars in the U.S. Liquid Paper first year...sold only 1,200 bottles. Cuisinart first year...sold 200 units. Remington typewriter first year...sold 8. SCRABBLE first year...sold 532 games. Coca-Cola first year...sold 25 bottles!

The world consuption of toilet paper accounts for 72000 acres of woodland per day. If we all did as many Japanese do, these trees would be saved. They have a little warm shower installed inside the toilet bowl, wash themselves well, dry themselves with a dedicated towel and end up cleaner than the rest of us (who just wipe with dry paper) and feeling ecologically satisfied. I did the same, and save $$$ on bog paper.

In Mexico in a lot of places the people wipe and place the paper next to the toilet so as to not plug up the toilet.

The mother of Michael Nesbit of 'the Monkeys' invented liquid paper correction fluid.

Christmas Crackers were invented around 1846 by Tom Smith who developed them for Christmas from the French habit of wrapping sugared almonds in twists of paper as gifts.

To qualify as cardboard,stiff paper must be more than 0.006 inch thick.

Cellophane paper is made from shredded and aged plant fibers--- wood pulp.

Acid rain originates with emissions from coal-fired generators, iron and steel mills, pulp and paper mills, and from motor vehicle exhaust. The released sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are converted to sulphuric and nitric acids in the atmosphere. These acids return to earth through wet sulphate or nitrate deposition.

A continuing flow of paper is sufficient to continue the flow of paper.

Toilet Paper dates all the way back to 1857.
Paper had an overall recycling rate of 35.3% in 1994. About 55.3% of corrugated boxes, 45.3% of newspapers, 19.3% of books, 30% of magazines, and 42.5% of office papers were recycled in.

Cleaned paper pulp is sent to a paper-making machine where the pulp is then injected between two wire meshes to form a damp paper sheet. This is dried to form the new recycled paper.

The dried paper is polished and rolls onto jumbo reels, each one about 30 tonnes in weight. The paper reels are then cut into smaller sizes to be sold.

The paper is then used for national and local newspapers throughout the UK and Europe. Newspapers and magazines will be back in your newsagents or through your door, within three to four weeks.

Recovered paper is used to make a variety of products, including copier paper, paper towels and napkins, corrugated boxes, and hydraulic mulch.

Wood, paper and gasoline don't burn. The gasses they emit DO.

The pentagon uses, on average, about 666 rolls of toilet paper every day.

The United States and Canada are the world’s largest producers of paper and paper products . The next largest are Finland, Japan, and Sweden, who produce significant amounts of wood pulp and newsprint.

The U.S. consumption of paper and paperboard in 1999 was approximately 354 kilograms (about 800 pounds) per person.

In 1997 the total world paper and paperboard production was 299,044 metric tons. It would take about 200,000 Volkswagen Beetle cars to equal this weight.

In the last 20 years, the combined usage of today’s top ten paper users has increased from 92 million tons to 208 million, which is a growth of 126%. So the use of computers is not slowing the amount paper we use.

Recycling one ton of paper saves about 17 trees.

In the Uk, the Post Office produces 50 tons of waste paper a year from cutting the perforations into their postage stamps.

In public restrooms, the toilet closest to the door is the least used, and therefore has the least germs on it. The germiest part of a public restroom is the door going out because people don't wash their hands. Lesson: Use the bathroom closest to the door, flush with your foot, wash your hands, then open the door to leave with a paper towel.

The first paper was produced from rags in AD 105 by Ts'ai Luin, part of the Eastern Han Court of the Chinese Emperor Ho Ti.

We use 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard every year in the UK.

All of your used newspapers, comics and magazines are collected from paper banks and your kerbside collection boxes and are transported to a recycling plant.

At the recycling plant, all inks, glues, staples, plastic film etc. are washed off the paper fibres and the wet mushy paper is called pulp.

Public telephones in Israel are no longer operated by tokens as they were in the past. They are now operated by a magnetic card known in Hebrew as a telecart (tel-eh-cart). These plastic cards, the same size and shape as a credit card, are available at post offices, some hotel receptions desks, street kiosks, and dispensing machines.

By the end of the Civil War, between one-third and one-half of all U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit.

The Massachusetts Bay Colony issued the first paper money in the colonies which would later form the United States in 1690.

On the brink of bankruptcy and pressed to finance the Civil War, Congress authorized the United States Treasury to issue paper money for the first time in the form of non-interest bearing Treasury Notes call Demand Notes in 1861.

97% of all paper money in the US contains traces of cocaine.

Paul Revere is credited for engraving the plates for the first paper money printed in the United States.

You cannot fold a piece of paper in half more than 6 times.
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