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Is it abnormal to eat paper ?

Is it abnormal to eat paper?
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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When i was a child/teenager, i used to read alot, and would tear the corner off the bpage and eat it while i was reading. I do not do it now and i never did it to a library book, lol, but i 'ate' paper for a long time without suffering any harmful effects that i know of.
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