The greatest gigantic single issue of a newspaper was the Sunday New York Times on September 14, 1987, which weighed more than 5.4 kg (12 lb) and had 1,612 pages. It was produced by Hoe Paper Company in Bangor, Maine, and was 28 inches by 22 inches.
Hoe also made the largest printed book to date when they published The New York Times Encyclopedia in 1995. It was four volumes and weighed nearly 50 pounds!
The thinnest sheet of paper is held together with pins; the thickness of a sheet of copy paper varies between 80 and 100 microns.
The greatest length-wise piece of paper manufactured today would be a long sheet of corrugated cardboard. The average length of a roll of 40-foot-long cardboard is 60 feet, or 18 meters. This is almost as long as a double-decker bus! The thickest piece of wood used in construction is generally specified as being 8 inches or 20 cm thick. However, some builders use lumber that's 12 inches or 30 cm thick!
The greatest width-wise piece of paper manufactured today would be a window screen. The average width of a roll of screen cloth is about 200 millimeters, or 7 9/16 inches.
Newspapers are the most common papers used for paper mache. The thicker the newspaper, the more weight it will carry. Thinner newspapers such as Ziploc bags and egg cartons can be used instead. Cotton cloth, foam rubber, and other lightweight materials can be cut into shapes and used as decorations. Newspaper strips can also be used to create braids.
There are several types of newspapers used for paper mache. White copy papers such as from a newspaper office are best because they are not colored. Black-and-white copies may have bits of color in them from photos or drawings that were printed on white paper and then placed over the black background. These make good decoration only if you can find them in large quantities. Yellowed newspapers are old copies that have turned brown due to sunlight. They can still be used for paper mache, but the colors will look different. Vintage newspapers are even older versions of the same paper. They usually have yellowed pages with parts of articles still visible under a thin layer of dust. These are beautiful to work with because there are so many interesting words and pictures on each page, but they are very fragile.
A piece of paper weighs roughly five grams, and the envelope weighs about five grams as well. A regular #10 envelope with four pieces of paper weighs roughly 25 grams—just under. One pound.
A standard newspaper column measurement in the United States is around 11 picas wide—about 1.83 inches (46 mm)—though this varies by paper and country. For demonstrative reasons only, the examples in this article adhere to this premise. Times newspapers in the United States are usually between 14 and 16 pages long, so each page is about 70 words long. This would make each newspaper about 168 to 176 words long.
In Britain, the average daily newspaper is 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) wide. The Sunday newspaper is typically 12 inches (30 cm) wide. News magazines can be as thin as 5 or 6 inches (13-15 cm), while others, such as Vanity Fair, can be up to 20 inches (50 cm). Newspaper width has increased over time; when Benjamin Franklin published his first newspaper in 1729, it was only 4 inches (10 cm) wide.
When printed on paper, newspapers are measured from one edge of the sheet to the other. If a newspaper is more than half full of stories, an editor will often leave space at the end of the section for more newsworthy events to be added later. A single edition of a newspaper may have articles written by several different journalists, drawn from various departments within the organization. An editor will select those pieces he believes will attract readers most likely to vote for a particular party or support one of its candidates.