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  1. #1 Paper tearing problem 
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    I offer a problem to your consideration: how to tear a rectangular sheet of paper in as great a number of as small as possible pieces, with the least amount of effort.


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    There's a paradox in this.
    The smallest pieces (atoms) would retain no properties of paper and would no longer be concidered "paper"


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    burn it with a lighter... whats the answer?
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    I was looking for a practical approach. Burning wouldn't be considered. I was rather thinking of the relationship between the area of the pieces and their number - thus the difficulty with which they can be torn, as well as how long it would take. Therefore a limit on the size of pieces can be set at some point, for instance, when the area off a piece is smaller than the surface area of the tip of the finger.
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