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How to Rip a Phone Book in Half

Impress your friends and family with this amazing feat of strength.


  • Step 1: Hold phone book at corners Hold the phone book by the top or bottom corners.
  • Step 2: Extend thumbs and index fingers Extend your thumbs and index fingers towards the center as far as they will go.
  • Step 3: Pinch the phone book Pinch the phone book in the center using your thumbs and index fingers and create a narrow V shape in the pages.
  • TIP: Look for air pockets to form between the pages in the center of the V.
  • Step 4: Pull out and down Pull each half of the phone book out and then down while maintaining the pinched center.
  • Step 5: Rip in opposite directions Rip the two halves in opposite directions in one smooth motion.
  • FACT: Did you know? The first "phone book" was created in 1878 and was just a single sheet of paper.

You Will Need

  • An old phone book
  • Good grip

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