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papyromancy

Papyromancy is divination by folding paper.

According to some psychics, those who know how to divine the future with paper could have forewarned us of the attacks on September 11th by folding a $20 bill. A proper folding would also have revealed who was the main man behind the attacks.

Some consider folding money to retrodict the past to be nothing more than a parlor game. A true papyromancer, they say, can crumple up any piece of paper, unfold it, and predict the future from the creased lines in much the same way a palmist reads the lines of the palm, a metoposcopist reads the lines on your face, or a rumpologist reads the lines on your butt.

See also magical thinking.

Last updated 22-Dec-2013

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