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Brush Up on Paper Trivia With This Mental Floss Video

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Which Chinese dynasty invented paper as we know it today? What happens to paper after it’s recycled? How can you make a more aerodynamic paper airplane? Watch this video to learn the answers to these and other paper trivia questions.

The video was created as part of the “Power to the Paper” campaign, a joint project by the Paper and Packaging Board and Mental Floss. The goal of the campaign is to educate consumers about the benefits of paper by highlighting the many ways paper makes our lives better.

To learn more paper trivia and information about the power of paper, try one of these articles, all of which are part of the joint campaign:

  • Your Food Packaging’s Secret Superpowers — Don’t underestimate the mighty cardboard food container. It’s a secret superhero and a foodie’s best friend.
  • The Benefits of Writing on Paper — There’s a reason we’ve been writing on paper for nearly 2,000 years. It can help unlock your personal superpowers.
  • 8 Surprisingly Interesting Facts About Your Food’s Packaging — When you’re at the grocery store, a product’s packaging can make all the difference between putting it in your cart or placing it back on the shelf. Packaging is really important, and not just because it keeps your food safe. It can also subtly affect your purchasing decisions. Here are eight facts you may not have known about food packaging.

Learn more about the paper trivia video Everything You Didn’t Know About Paper” in this excerpt from Mental Floss:


Paper plays an enormously important part in various aspects of your everyday life, but how often do you stop to think about its history — or what happens to it after you recycle it?

Today on “Scatterbrained,” John Green and friends are sharing everything you ever wanted to know about paper with a range of fascinating facts, including a look back at the origin of paperback books and how 19th-century top hats gave birth to the cardboard box as we know it (yep, you read that right). They’ve also got some tips on how to dominate any game of Rock, Paper, Scissors and how to build the perfect airplane.

Cancel the rest of today’s plans and watch the episode, sponsored by Paper & Packaging — How Life Unfolds®.