Most paper airplanes have straight-edged wings that stick out from their center. But this peculiar paper flyer looks more like the core of a toilet paper roll than something that can get airborne. WIRED and paper airplane expert John Collins show us how to make one of these surprisingly aerodynamic paper planes.
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Part of LEGO’s new stationery collection, these colorful note sheets are covered with a LEGO baseplate design on one side, and a blank writing surface on the other. Sold in boxes of 224 sheets in blue/green or yellow/orange color schemes. Shipping April 2020, but available for pre-order now, along with LEGO erasers and a LEGO journal.
Want to fold some awesome paper airplanes? Learn from the best. John Collins aka “The Paper Airplane Guy” got together with WIRED to show off some of his stunt flyers, and how to fold your own. Be sure to check out the second video for more detailed folding instructions.
Everything is better with butter, even this tastefully novel notepad. Chronicle Books’ Pad of Butter is a cholesterol-free kitchen staple for making grocery lists, jotting down recipes, stuffing stockings, and pranking Paula Deen (who we imagine would place it on a real butter dish). Contains 480 sheets, zero saturated fat.
We already know that stacked paper is one of the most explosive things you can put under a hydraulic press. Now, let’s find out what kind of paper makes the biggest boom, as HPC tests paperback books, playing cards, paper pulp, and more under the pressure of their 144-ton press.
Field Notes latest Quarterly Edition is series of beautiful fall-themed memo books, each with an embossed and debossed image of a leaf on its cover. The three-pack of 48-page notebooks includes North American sugar maple, American elm, and scarlet oak designs. Annual subscribers get a special-edition fall leaf bandana.
Jonathan Robert & Gabriel Favreau’s animated music video for Quebec band Corridor takes us on a wild trip through a fantastical structure filled with elevators, staircases, cable cars, and other vertical conveyances that all lead towards an almighty computer that controls man and machine.
In this brief clip from ViralVideoLab, they show off a simple way to make a paper airplane remain airborne for a very long time. The trick requires just the right kind of plane, and a series of small fans to keep it circling in the air. You can find folding instructions for the plane here.
If you doodle or take notes outdoors, you’ll want to grab some Rite in the Rain notebooks, which are filled with a paper that won’t get damaged if it gets wet. Available in a wide variety of formats, including paper for laser printers. Works best with pencil or their special pen.
The aptly-named Brick Experiment Channel decided to see if they could make a paper shredder using only LEGO components. While the motor and gearing was pretty simple to set up at first, getting Technic gears to actually shred paper took some serious experimentation.
It’s always a good idea to have a pocket-sized notebook on hand to sketch down ideas, write measurements, or just doodle something creative. The fine folks at Everyday Carry have picked their 10 current faves, From the classic Field Notes to our go-to Word. notebooks.
Artist Rene Eisenbart demonstrates Ebru, a wonderfully-satisfying technique which uses paints floated in liquid suspension. After dropping colorful pigments into the vat, she uses a giant comb to create marbled patterns for printing. Learn more about Ebru here.
Japanese paper goods company Triad presents a wonderful series of notepads which are sliced in such a way that they reveal intricate sculptures of locations and objects as each layer is peeled away. They’re currently sold out, but it sounds like they’ve got more in the works.
Blackfish shows us how to create a really cool toy weapon which fires rolled up paper projectiles. Its rubber band powered revolver mechanism lets it fire up to eight darts without reloading. We assume you could expand on the idea and make one that fires more ammo.
This ancient Turkish art form involves dripping dots of ink into a water-filled basin, then laying in a sheet of paper. Garip Ay’s approach lets the dark water speak for itself. He was recently commissioned to create a series of images for The Crown, Stranger Things, and Narcos.
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