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Jarrett Shakespeare is a student here at Utah State University. He is a very diligent student but loves to get sidetracked to make paper airplanes. He is originally from Brigham City, Utah but just recently moved to Logan from school in BYU. He is an avid BYU fan and doesn’t know why he is at USU.
Jarrett taught himself how to make an airplane. He stated that the first person to probably teach him how to make a paper airplane was likely his father but he has improved the technique over time. He has taught a group of friends how to make a paper airplane during a contest they were having after seeing how well his flew, and since then people have remembered his skills.
Jarrett used a piece of 11 x 8.5 graph paper which he ended up cutting to make even weight because the paper had holes and plastic reinforcement on one side. (see attached picture).
Jarrett started making the airplane on a 11 x 8.5 piece of graph paper with plastic reinforcement on one side. He started complaining about how it’s not the proper kind of paper to make an airplane and stated “Well first I have to start by rip off a side of this piece of paper so then it’s actually even on either side”. After apologizing and him accepting the apology he proceeded to fold an airplane on his laptop. While folding he was informed that this information would be in the USU archives with led to the discussion of him already being in the archives. His friend then commented “By kissing 12 girls in one night” which had been a previous topic of discussion. He talked about how he taught a group of his friends how to make his paper airplane after throwing it up in the air, and it flying all the way across the gym. After this he licked his fingers and added it to the airplane. The interviewer commented “Is that like the secret ingredient” in which he commented saying “without my spit it isn’t going to fly that far. You call it disgusting I call it art.” He acted very prim and proper in his folding of the airplane and didn’t seem to make mistakes because he went right through the making of his airplane. Jarrett was asked by the interviewer “what’s your funniest story about a paper airplane”. Then said “I saw a video one time about a soccer fan who made a paper airplane on the field and threw it on the field, and it hit a soccer fan in the face.” His roommate then walked in and they talked about the USU vs. BYU basketball game that had just ended. Jordan, his roommate, asked how it went and Jarrett, an avid BYU fan, said that they had won by 20 points which started an uproar in the 3 remaining USU fans.
Dr. Lynne S. McNiell
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Smith, Courtney, "Twelve Kisses in One Night" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 291.