It’s a debate that has divided households for centuries. It is so great a bone of contention that it has earned a coveted article on Wikipedia and been addressed on television. The question is whether the toilet paper in your bathroom should be hung with the flap of fresh sheets emanating from underneath the roll or over it.
Here is the official verdict from Consumerist, which found a primary source for its answer:
Though there are still likely to be those who remain loyal to the “under” side of the line, as writer Owen Williams points out on Twitter, Seth Wheeler’s original patent for his perforated toilet paper invention in 1891 shows the paper in an “over” position, indicating that that is how it’s meant to be used.
The patent for toilet paper should settle the over vs under debate pic.twitter.com/arZl6l6ALn
— Owen Williams (@ow) March 17, 2015