Long-awaited answer on whether toilet paper should be hung ‘over’ or ‘under’

Long-awaited answer on whether toilet paper should be hung ‘over’ or ‘under’

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.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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