During a typically geeky instant message conversation at lunch…
icheerful: I just read some really old news in the Maths field. You know the classic problem of folding paper more than 8 folds?
Kevin: Oh I think so… I love puzzles!
icheerful: some girl solved that in 2001
Kevin: Daaamn!! Got a link?
icheerful: and broke the record …
Kevin: Folding paper officially turns me on now
icheerful: 9 10 11 12 folds. Hang on I’ll get it for you…
icheerful: Smart gal man! I’ve always thought it was possible, but never took it to further. Crap … to think that another singaporean name could be in the maths book… haha!
Kevin: *Dumbfounded* Hey what was the 12 folds about?
icheerful: folding the paper 12x
Kevin: fold into what exactly?
icheerful: just half-ing it. For example: You take a piece of paper now, fold it in half and see how many times you can do it. It doesn’t matter how you fold it, just ensure its 1/2 each time you do it.
Kevin: Oh, before it gets too physically hard to fold?
*After this conversation, I proceeded to the restroom where I took a good look in the mirror for signs of intelligence… unfortuately, despite my long academic service, there was none.