Liquid Paper

Hello and welcome back to another week of fabulous fabrications here on Factually Deficient! This week, I have chosen to address a question that my sister asked aloud earlier this very morning.

She asked:

Why do you call it liquid paper when it’s not actually paper in liquid form?

My sister was, of course, referring to the substance known variously as Correction Fluid, White-Out, Liquid Paper, or a number of other similar monikers. She has, however, based her question on an entirely false assumption.

Although, as many people are aware, paper is solid at room temperature, it is highly heat-sensitive. If one boils paper in a saucepan over low to medium heat for a little over ten minutes, it will melt, taking on the liquid form which is so frequently bottled and sold. This liquid form of paper can be very useful, brushed over ink to create a clean layer of paper over it.

The bottles which hold liquid paper must be thermally insulated, carefully temperature-controlled capsules, in order to keep the paper warm enough to stay in its liquid form. As soon as it is exposed to room temperature, it cools rapidly, soon freezing into solid paper once more.

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Disclaimer: Many of the statements in this blog post are false. Not all paper is solid at room temperature.

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