How Many Times Can You Fold a Piece of Aluminum Foil?

Everyone knows that you can’t fold a piece of paper more than seven or eight times (even though the world record is 12). It’s just one of those silly things that stick from elementary school and become law. But what if you were folding aluminum foil? And what if you had the assistance of the almighty hydraulic press? You can fold pretty much forever!


Watch the silly fun video below. It shows how a sheet of aluminum foil can keep getting folded and then smashed and then re-folded and then re-smashed, again and again and again. Even when it’s folded 26 times over, it looks pretty much the same as after the first few folds.

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Well yeah, when you crush a malleable metal like aluminum you are basically cold forging it. How many times can you fold clay?