I know what you’re thinking, is this an April Fool’s post?
It’s not. It’s a very important discussion. On toilet paper roll etiquette.
You’re probably aware that there are two schools of thought on toilet paper hanging – the over method and the under method.
For decades, this dispute has pitted spouse against spouse and friend against friend.
However, that all just changed. In case you’re behind on toilet paper news, a very important discovery was recently made that would end an age-old debate and once and for all prove the correct way to hang your toilet paper roll – the 124-year-old toilet paper patent!
The patent is pretty self-explanatory, but after sharing this wonderful discovery on Twitter, I learned that there are some people who refuse to believe. Heather at Becoming Cliche and I got into a discussion and decided the only way to put this issue to rest was to have a civilized blog debate. I am on Team Correct-Way-to-Hang-Your-Toilet-Paper (over), and Heather is on the other non-patented way (under).
A Little History on the Toilet Paper Roll
Some form of toilet paper has been around for centuries, but Mr. Seth Wheeler is the “official” inventor of rolled and perforated toilet paper and his company was the first to sell toilet paper on a roll. Below is some riveting language taken directly from his patent (emphasis mine):
Be it known that I, SETH WHEELER, of the city of Albany, in the State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Wrapping or Toilet Paper Rolls, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification.
…The perforations or other lines of weakness extend only partly across the composite web and break joints with each other, as shown in Fig. 1, whereby there will always be left one end of a sheet extending down in advance of the adjoining sheets, and the pull on the paper by the hand enables the user to always withdraw a sheet without manipulating the fixture with the other hand.
(Am I the only one who thinks he sounds a little snarky? Like, okay Seth, we get it, your toilet paper roll idea is really great. Can we just eat one meal without hearing about it again?)
Anyway, we better move on because I’m not sure how long I can retain your interest on toilet paper.
According to the patent, we’re supposed to be able to get a piece of toilet paper using only one hand and the next sheet should be left hanging down ready and waiting for the next user (it’s only polite), and the only way this could ever work is by using the over method.
After doing a lot of serious scientific research though, I discovered the real problem with the under method is, it was conceived by a masochist. I mean, I like some self-flagellation as much as the next person (so not so much), but no one likes their toilet paper messed with.
Torture Example as evidenced by the Under method
Oh, you needed some toilet paper? Sure! You just have to find the end first! But even if you manage to tear apart the roll to create an end, it drapes against your wall, and I have to ask you, how often do you clean your wall?
So you can try the easy-to-use over method…
In the interest of a fair discussion though, please go over to Heather’s blog to continue this important debate. Even though there’s no debate. There’s obviously only one right way. Right? (And no April Fool votes, remember, this is a serious discussion!)