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Printer fun facts

Hey there, Copier Countess here, hows it hangin’?....oh actually I’m not sure I wanna know – keep that one to yourself. Ehem! So moving on, I thought we could have a little fun this week. Photocopiers aren’t the most exciting things in all the world and making them fun can sometimes be a bit of a struggle, but I think I’ve nailed it guys. Have a look at my Photocopier fun facts below…


Did you know, Chester Carlson invented the photocopier in 1938. He was a patent attorney who suffered from arthritis and hand writing the documents was so painful for him, he invited the photocopier, so he wouldn’t have to anymore.

Now, If you were thinking of printing off some cash from your office photocopier in your lunch break, then think again. You see even if you do manage to get hold of the rare paper the government uses, your office MFD has a feature which enables it to recognise an embedded currency pattern. It makes marks on all the copies rendering them totally useless….i know, sucks right? Back to work then.

Photocopiers don’t use ink, they use toner which is a combination of rust, wax, pigment and plastic granules – who knew?

Fancy immortalising your bum in print? Think again…over 20% of all photocopier repairs are due to cracked glass because too much pressure had been applied to the glass by someone’s behind.

Would you like an extinguisher with that? In 1959 the first photocopier took the world by storm, however they were a real fire hazard and were prone to catching fire after too many copies or overheating. Xerox had to give out free fire extinguishers with every machine to help with this.

Paper is almost 2000 years old, That’s almost as old as Christianity itself

The fastest photocopying machine in the world is the Riso Orphis X 9050, which can print up to 150 pages per minute. That is over 2 pages per second. The average photocopy speed is a mere 15 pages per minute.

And just because they amused me….

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour

If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb

Now I have imparted all my worldly photocopier wisdom on fun facts, I’m off to see how many calories I can burn off by banging my head against a photocopier…..see ya’ll next week