It’s the eternal debate between newlyweds and roommates: which direction should the toilet paper hang? Does the loose end drape over the top or hang from the bottom? Which one is better? Until just recently, it seemed like this giant question in the sky would be forever unanswered and left to opinion. Today, new evidence suggests that there actually is a right and wrong way to hang your toilet paper on the roll.
Toilet paper has been in use for centuries, but not always in a form that our modern society would recognize. According to Wikipedia, toilet paper in the Ming Dynasty was available in paper sheets approximately 2 feet by 3 feet in size. In addition, toilet paper throughout history has been made out of materials like wool, hemp and lace.
In the year 1891, a man named Seth Wheeler patented an invention that consisted of rolls of thin, flexible paper with tear-off perforations to be used toilet-side for the purpose of wiping. In other words, Seth Wheeler is the father of modern toilet paper. Until his patent, toilet paper had been available in a variety of materials, sizes and formats. You can take a look at the patent drawing here.
What do you notice about the orientation of the paper on the roll?
That’s right. The toilet paper is installed with the loose end hanging over the roll. This picture comes straight from the source: the father of toilet paper himself. This is as official as it gets.
People who hang the loose end of the toilet paper over the roll cite a variety of reasons for doing so, including:
This patent was recently uncovered and is now all over the Internet. For more information, check out this informative article about Seth Wheeler and his various toilet paper inventions. We also recommend taking a look at this helpful infographic.
That leaves us to ask the question: how do you hang your toilet paper? Leave a comment in the box below. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!