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Uses Of Paper In Its 2000-Year History That You Never Heard Of Before!

Uses Of Paper In Its 2000-Year History That You Never Heard Of Before!

In recent days, we usually start our day with dipping tea bags in hot water, which are made up of paper and many of us end our day reading a book printed on fine paper! These uses seem intelligent, but a book by Nicholas A. Basbanes tells us many weirder and wonderful uses of papers!

The Most bizarre uses of paper in its 2000-year history!

Paper has proved to be one of the best inventions by mankind! From secret official letters to the doctrines of the learned, papers have had many uses since its invention!
In recent days, we usually start our day with dipping tea bags in hot water, which are made up of paper and many of us end our day reading a book printed on fine paper! These uses seem intelligent, but a book by Nicholas A. Basbanes tells us many weirder and wonderful uses of papers!


1. The origin of flight

 

first hot air balloon

 

The Montgolfier brothers, in 1780s, used several layers of paper made in their family paper mill in France to line the inner skin of the world’s first hot air balloon.

2. Space flight

 

Paper plane designed to travel back from space!

 

Some 225 years later, a team of Japanese scientists tested a paper plane made from paper treated with silicon in a hypersonic wind tunnel to demonstrate the feasibility of a slow-speed, low-friction re-entry from space.  They planned to launch the paper planes from the International Space Station, but sadly the space launch still hasn’t happened.


3. Holy weaponries

 

Among the many uses of paper!

 

Sadly, that isn’t the only way paper has been used in war.  Basbanes tells the tale of the “Gun Wad Bible” – an early edition of the Holy Scriptures printed in German by Pennsylvania printer Christopher Sauer.  The pages from unbound copies of this print run were used extensively by both sides in the American revolution in which to wrap gunpowder and so create paper cartridges for their firearm.


4. Creating an American home

 

Paperhouse

 

A more pleasant – but still more surprising – use for papepaper_houser was found by Maine resident Elis F. Stenman.  In the 1920s, he built a summer cottage in the Pigeon Cove area of downtown Rockport made entirely from newspapers.  The mechanical engineer and inventor used more than 100,000 of them – from all corners of the USA – to create his “Paper House”.
Compressed into compact layers and then laminated with glue, his paper creation has stood the test of time and is today operated as a museum by Stenman’s grand-niece.


5. Balloon bombs

 

Balloon Bomb!

 

One more successful use of paper flying machines was also a Japanese invention: in World War II the Japanese army constructed 10,000 balloon bombs from squares of hand-made paper.  A plaque on a hillside in Klamath Falls, Oregon, commemorates these paper balloons’ destructive results: a woman and five children were killed by one of the few devices that wasn’t shot down as it approached the Pacific Coast – it is the only place on the American continent where death resulted from enemy action in World War II.

6. Paper Dresses

 

Paper dresses

Among the many curiosities observed by Marco Polo during his travels to the Far East in the 13th century was how some Chinese fabricated “very fine summer clothing” from paper, so the idea that the material is suited for apparel is not without precedent.

Disposable paper dresses and mini-skirts in the 1960s caused became a famous fashion statement during the swinging decade. Single-use paper masks, surgical gowns and the like do have their place today, though, in hospitals and health-care facilities.

7. Hanging Chads

Hanging Chads

 

For 36 days in the fall of 2000, the selection of a new president of the United States hinged on a recount of the 5.9 million votes cast in the state of Florida, the uncertainty heightened by the confusing nature of the punch-card ballots, with such phrases as hanging chads, pregnant chads, and dimpled chads entering the language. “We are trying to determine what someone was thinking based on a piece of paper,” one exasperated official explained of the dilemma. When the U.S. Supreme Court summarily terminated the recount on December 12, 2000, George W. Bush was declared the winner by a margin of 537 votes, giving him the majority he needed in the Electoral College to claim the presidency.
Basbane’s book tells many more bizarre uses of paper… if you know any, don’t hesitate to share!


Article source: huffpost
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