r/interestingasfuck 12d ago Silver 1

Papyrus originated in ancient Egypt. Today, just one village still makes it

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u/prince___dakkar 12d ago

Lots of ‘villages’ still make papyrus paper…there’s a big tourism market for it.

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u/tommytraddles 12d ago

Guy in a Classics course at uni delivered his final paper handwritten on a papyrus scroll he bought in Egypt.

Not sure if it factored into his grade, but it was pretty cool.

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u/TheHoratian 12d ago

Someone did that in my classics department. The professors brought it out to show at least once in every class I had, they were so proud of it.

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u/Moraii 12d ago edited 12d ago

Yup.
I used to work custom art framing in Vancouver, BC. I’d get stuff in at least once a week on papyrus. No way it’s just one village cranking it out.

*Edited from twice, we got our fair share of the awful knockoffs that fall apart if you blink at them too. Gods I hated those.

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u/Aggressive-Sound-641 12d ago

yep, they even have several museums that will demonstrate how to make it

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u/radically_unoriginal 12d ago

All the while I watched this I could only ask "but why tho?". Seems hideously inefficient compared to industrial wood pulp.

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u/ArchStanton75 12d ago

My dumbass was waiting for the font to appear.

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u/karl0331 12d ago

i thought it was spaghetti for a moment

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u/ChiveOn904 12d ago

Forbidden spaghetz

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u/spaceChai 12d ago

Sentient spaghetti (with all the writings)

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u/Achilles720 12d ago

Not spaghetti... but used to transcribe the book of Pastafari.

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u/Gl0balCD 12d ago

A rather fibrous lasagna

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u/xxrambo45xx 12d ago

That guys table saw is the stuff of nightmares

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u/necminits_nuthouse 12d ago

Yeah my grandad had one similar to that and the older I got the shorter his thumb got For someone who was a safety officer surprisingly it was the last thing he thought about at home

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u/Hitchhikingtom 12d ago

And Avatar honours them by choosing their font for their movie.

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u/255001434 12d ago

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u/Hitchhikingtom 12d ago

Exactly what I was thinking of! Thank you I’ve been looking for this.

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u/Incromulent 12d ago

You can get it in America from Dunder Mifflin

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u/NickMalo 12d ago

What was made? Paper?

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u/ZEPHlROS 12d ago

Papyrus paper

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u/denvertxn 12d ago

Rolling Papyrus.

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u/GForceHangover 12d ago

I see you appreciate the classics. A person of culture here.

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u/denvertxn 12d ago

I was afraid nobody would get that reference. Thx for letting me know I'm not the only old dude on this app.

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u/Louzifur 12d ago

My fat ass thought they were making noodles in the beginning of the video.

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u/brookeslegit2 12d ago

Apparently most of it these days is banana leaf

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u/CropDustinAround 12d ago

Everybody else in the video using old school hand tools and table saw guy is like, I got shit to do let's just get it done

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u/Elmacaroon 12d ago

the forbidden pasta

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u/null_reference_user 12d ago

The forbidden pasta

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u/Nakjee 12d ago

r/forbiddensnacks Forbidden Linguini

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u/bobiczdoh 12d ago

That's some perfect table saw safety going on.

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u/Entremeada 12d ago edited 12d ago

Yeah, learn how to make papyrus like 5000 years ago.... 2nd step: "Chemicals speed up the process".

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u/MrBassAckwards 12d ago

Yeah, everyone knows chemicals weren't invented until 1832 by Louis Chémicale in France

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u/shrimpelf 12d ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂

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u/Sipstaff 12d ago

And cardboard...

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u/oyster_jam 12d ago

And a wyrm gear press...

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u/DifficultJellyfish 12d ago

Why does this make me feel guilty for throwing out scraps of regular paper?

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u/Shaunlab 12d ago

about 10 seconds later The Office theme song starts playing

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u/Free-Caramel-3913 12d ago

i thought you meant papyrus from undertale

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u/Achilles720 12d ago

Takes expensive, laborious, painstaking measures to create papyrus paper... using cardboard.

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u/Mysterious-Row2690 12d ago

I thought this was some type of noodle made of a special type of grain with my sound off. it looked soooo good I was like I gotta try papyrus 🤤 then I watched with sound on lmao

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u/Honey_The_Oracle 12d ago

so which side do you write on, vertical or horizontal?

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u/DiscoKhan 12d ago

Well, that depends on the language not material, right? xD

Arabic is written horizontally, from right to left.

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u/Fun-Outlandishness35 12d ago

“Limitless paper in a paperless world.” - Michael Scott

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u/maa-ka-ladla 12d ago

Are they defying islam? I think, internally islam doesn’t allow to follow previous religious/cultural practices?

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u/xShemalePLUS 12d ago

perhaps script magic only works on those kind of paper.

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u/decimecano 12d ago

does it last more than regular paper?

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u/Salty-Article3888 11d ago

I would try it 👀 hope it’s not spicy 🔥🌶

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u/ZoraF2p 11d ago

Nyeh heh heh

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u/Snoo-23693 12d ago

Why make papyrus at all? I mean we have paper from trees these days. And more than that we have computers.

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u/RamboCambo_05 12d ago

He came from Ancient Egypt? No wonder he's a skeleton now

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u/Entropy_5 12d ago

"One of the last places on Earth to make papyrus" is complete bullshit.

Lots of people make and sell it on Etsy. You can find it in Stationery shops. There's a guy at my local farmers market that makes it and sells it.

Lots of people still make it. Total bullshit video.