Straw Wrapper Worm

Folklore: If you put water on this straw wrapper, it will move into a worm.

Making a Wiggly Worm and Toothpick Art While Waiting in a Restaurant –  Parenting Special Needs Magazine

Context: KL’s mom taught this to her while they were waiting for food in a restaurant. She told her that there is a trick to making paper move. It was not that the wrapper turned into a worm, but more that the paper worm was a new figment of reality.

Analysis: I believe this shows that things are not always what they seem. The joy of this “magic trick” is not that people believe it is a real worm. More so, it is a new process or phenomenon they previously did not know about. It is a moment of discovery that reminds us that we don’t know what we don’t know.