The infamous Hydraulic Press has a close call with a stack of 1 500 sheets of paper. Yes, paper is tougher than you think.
The Hydraulic Press Channel has crushed many, many things, but never has the crushing machine nearly met its match—until now.
Fifteen hundred sheets of regular printer paper may seem like a cinch in comparison to crushing a bowling ball or an anvil, but paper is deceptively hardy. In another video the Finnish factory owner Lauri Vuohensilta crushed just one sheet of folded paper leading to an explosion. As it turns out, this amount of paper is nearly too much for the press, which takes three attempts to crush it to the point of a major explosion.
Check it out in the video above.
Video credit: Hydraulic Press Channel
This article was originally written for and published by Popular Mechanics USA.