The Debate Over How To Load A Roll Of Toilet Paper Is Finally Over (Photo)

by Gillian Fuller

Unless you have a condition that makes you hypersensitive to details, you've probably never given much thought as to the proper installation of a roll of toilet paper.

Who am I kidding? Everyone has a preference, and now, a recently discovered, 124-year-old patent is about to solve the quandary once and for all.

The paper should go over and around the roll, not under it (see photo below).

Seth Wheeler's 1891 patent provides a look at the first-ever instance of toilet paper as a commercialized commodity. Wheeler is also credited with coming up with the idea for perforations on the paper for easy tearing.

He wrote,

My invention… consists in a roll of wrapping paper with perforations on the line of division between one sheet and the next, so as to easily been sort apart, such roll of wrapping paper forming a new article of manufacture.

And there you have it.

Over, not under -- and yes, this means you no longer have any excuse not to replace the roll once it runs out.

The patent for toilet paper should settle the over vs under debate — Owen Williams (@ow) March 17, 2015

Citations: This 124 Year Old Patent Reveals The Right Way To Use Toilet Paper (Huffington Post)