Recently, I’ve been trying to take some burden off our cherished NASA squad, and after ‘much’ scrutiny, I’ve have astutely and craftily established a pretty lucid method to fling you right off to the Moon. And this mission has been drafted as the Fold Over 42.
If you’re on tenterhooks and want to shoot off right now, then fancy a small gargantuan paper, bearing a dimensional thickness of 1mm, and slip yourself into a cosmonaut’s ashen livery, with an air-filled canister drooping through; what next?
Now take your humongous paper, and trigger yourself, folding the paper precisely 42 times over into halves. Once you’ve done that, you’ll amply realize that darkness had already fancied around you, and your head was brushing off just atop the moon’s surface.
This paradox resembles a parody of instantly wavering from ‘The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ To ‘Walk The Moon’. But, astonishingly, this oddity is unmistakably true.
Let’s begin from the beginning, our Earth’s flung off from the moon at a titanic lapse of 384,400 km, that quantitively equals to 384,400,000,000 mm.
Now, in our oddity, we took an enormous paper of width 1mm. What’s required to be discerned is that every time the paper is folded over, it’s thickness doubles, because another layer of paper adds up. So, in the process of every fold, the thickness is multiplied by ‘2’. So, in the first fold the thickness becomes 2mm, in the second 4mm, the third 8mm, so on and so forth. By, 42 folds the value would’ve been 2*2*2*2*2… 42 times or simply, 2^(42)mm and this value is titanically equal to the lapse between the Earth and the Moon.
So, the next time you don’t perceive what’s the perfect present for your pal, gift a mere paper, and add another mere label that reads,”Gifting you a million dollar worth space-craft” and by the time he realizes what’s up in here, you’ll probably be mocking him right off his face.
[Note: A paper cannot be folded more than 8 times, so let’s let this colossal mystery remain an amazing Space Oddity & for the ‘FO 42’, let’s hope it takes down in a mere million years!]