Like most people,
I’ve long stopped using the phone book to look up phone numbers
and use Google instead. But like most people, I still get a giant
phone book delivered to my door every single year. I typically just
toss it into the recycling bin as soon as I get it, but this year
Instead I tore
my phone book in half with my bare hands. And then I recycled
Tearing a phone
book in half is a classic strongman feat of strength. Old-time strongmen
F. Jowett amazed spectators in the 1920s and 30s with phone
book tearing demonstrations. As a kid, I remember watching the Power
Team rip through thick phone books during school assemblies
while simultaneously warning us kids about the dangers of drugs
a phone book in half does require strength, there’s also a
trick to it (though some strongmen can tear phone books without
using it). Below, our very own Mr. Know
Your Lifts — who enjoys ripping things up when he’s
not pumping iron — demonstrates how to tear a phone book in
half with your bare hands in five simple steps.
1: Grab Phone Book With Both Hands
your thumbs on top and your fingers underneath one of the edges
of the phone book (excluding the edge that is the binding). You
can either tear the phone book by its length or its width —
either way it will be impressive.
2: Make “V” With Phone Book
is the “trick” part of tearing a phone book in half.
Make a deep “V” in the phone book by pressing the bottom
edge up with your index fingers while pressing the middle of the
top edge down with your thumbs. The “V” creates spaces
between the pages which makes it easier to rip through, as opposed
to ripping all the pages stuck together. I found the deeper “V”
you make, the easier it is to tear.