Don't Always Believe In Conventional Wisdom

This article floated to the top of Popurls today. Something interesting to read while I was wolfing down lunch.

As the article states:

A typical claim on the Internet might run, "No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times", and as you stare sadly at your block of folded paper, you tend to agree.

It goes on to tell how high school student Britney Gallivan of Pomona, California shook off this convential wisdom and went on to solve the problem.

See also the Historical Society of Pomona Valley website for more information.

So don't always accept the conventional wisdom. Challenge everything.

As the article concludes:

Britney Gallivan succeeded because she was as contrary and determined as Juan Ramon Jiminez, the Spanish poet and winner of the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature. He wrote, in a metaphor for the questioning and resilient human spirit, "If they give you ruled paper, write the other way."

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