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Fun with flexagons

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Oct. 2nd, 2012 | 08:19 pm

If you're in the mood for an entertaining 4 minutes of paper folding games, check out this video on hexaflexagons that avon_deer pointed out:

And if, after watching, you're utterly baffled by what's going on there, Wikipedia has an article (with room for improvement). There's also flexagon.net, which has templates for making your own and more; I've just tried it, and by Celestia's beard, it's working! :D

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Quentin

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from: quentinwolf
date: Oct. 7th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
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Mind... Blown. x3 Totally going to be emailing myself these links so I can do it at work tomorrow and stay occupied all day.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Oct. 7th, 2012 09:46 am (UTC)
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Heh, do have fun with them! ^^ I've made four of these so far, with 3, 4, 5 and 6 sides, using the flexagon.net templates; it's a ton of fun, really. :) I'd like to try my hands on a fancy one, too, such as the "fire and wood" heptahexaflexagon, but I'd need to get that printed on a color printer. (And the ones I have so far also have a tendency to start looking a little ratty right away, no matter how carefully I cut and fold and glue; perhaps it can't be avoided, but it would be a shame on a beautiful one.)

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Quentin

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from: quentinwolf
date: Oct. 7th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Even better ^^ Will be printing those out on the color laser printer at work... maybe even on 11x17 paper, I might make some bigger ones! hehe :)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Oct. 7th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, that'd be quite neat! :D Once you've practiced some and gotten the hang of them, there's actually a 12-sided one with the zodiac signs on it, too; a large color version of that would surely be cool. If you build that, you should definitely take pictures of it, too! ^^

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