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The Battle of the 'Over Vs. Under' Toilet Paper Has Come To An End! Which Side Won?!



History does have all the answers after all.

#3 The Debate

#3 The Debate

The "over versus under" toilet paper argument has been waged in bathrooms around everywhere since it was first invented.

Plenty of space online in the form of polls and listicles has been dedicated to the proper way to orient our toilet paper.

The subject even has its own section on Wikipedia filled with arguments for "over" (reduces the risk of transferring germs, easier to find the end, looks better) versus "under" (tidier appearance, harder for a pet to unravel the roll).

Which side won you ask?!

#2 Answer in history

#2 Answer in history

The eternal debate over bathroom conventions has actually been answered more than a century ago.

According to an 1891 patent by New York businessman Seth Wheeler, the end of a toilet paper roll should be on the outside, or in the "over" position. (Advocates of the "under"position, take note: better flip that roll over when you get home.)

Writer Owen Williams shared the discovery Monday on Twitter,by posting the above picture of Wheeler's patent for the toilet paper roll.

#1 So there you have it folks!

#1 So there you have it folks!

The idea for perforated toilet paper was originally patented by Wheeler's Albany Perforated Wrapping Paper Company in 1871 and then re-patented again in a roll-form in 1891 as a way of preventing waste.

"Since the advent of rolls of paper...many devices designed to prevent waste have been patented; but all effort in this direction has been apart from the roll of paper-namely, in the construction of holders for the rolls provided with means to prevent free unwinding of the roll and cause the sheets to separate singly at their connecting points," Wheeler wrote in his patent. "My improved roll may be used on the simplest holders."

So now it's official - hang your toilet paper accordingly.



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