FC: Solve the Mystery!
1: Take a careful look at this photo. What do you see? Do you know what it is?
2: Did you guess paper? We used a digital microscope to capture the image on the previous page. Paper is made by mashing plant fibers with water. The watery fibers are placed on a screen, pressed and then left to dry.
3: Take a careful look and think about a special holiday where you say, "I love you". Can you solve the mystery behind this photo?
4: On Valentine's Day fancy doilies made of paper are used to make cards, gifts and decorations. The oldest valentine dates to the 1400's. People started making valentines with paper lace cut with tiny pointed scissors around 1850.
5: Look for clues to solve this photo mystery! Hint: October is fire safety month
6: When the New York Times prints one edition of the Sunday paper, the amount of paper needed to print the paper consumes 75,000 trees. There are 52 Sundays in a year, how many trees does it take to print the New York Times Sunday paper for a year? http://rainforestmaker.org | If you thought it was burnt newspaper, you were correct!
7: Take a long hard look at this photo! Have you looked so hard that you are thirsty? What is the answer to this mystery photo?
8: Paper cups are used by people in every country. Paper cups were invented to help reduce the spread of disease in 1907. In 2006, people living in the United States used 16 billion paper cups. It takes 6.5 million trees and 4 billion gallons of water to make 16 billion cups. Those paper cups created 253 million pounds of waste. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_cup | If you are ever in need of a paper cup, but don't have one, you can make your own from a plain sheet of paper using origami.
9: This can be a tricky mystery to solve! | Be sure to wipe your hands before reading this book. | Sometimes mistakes can turn into great inventions. | Make careful observations and think of something made of paper that you use everyday.
10: We have paper towels because a mistake was made. Arthur Scott was in charge of paper products for Scott Paper company. The company made toilet paper. In 1907 a shipment of extra thick rolled paper was delivered to the company and couldn't be used for toilet paper. Arthur did not want to waste the paper. He remember hearing about a teacher who gave soft pieces of paper to her students to wipe their noses on to prevent the spread of germs. He had the paper perforated and then marketed the paper as Sani-Towels to schools. It worked! Schools, restaurants and hotels bought the new paper towels.
11: This may be the hardest mystery to solve, yet. Do you know the answer to this photo mystery?
12: Before there was paper, people used other materials to write on. Papyrus is a plant that grows along the Nile river. Papyrus is not considered to be true paper, but the word paper comes from the word papyrus. This is a calendar printed on papyrus.
13: The magnified images were taken with a digital microscope.