'Over versus under' toilet paper debate settled by 124-year old patent

Do you set your toilet paper with the flap going over the roll or hanging underneath it?

If you set it to hang over, then congratulations – you’re using toilet paper as it was originally intended.

That’s according to a 124-year old patent for perforated toilet roll that was dug up by Huffington Post reporter Owen Williams who shared it on Twitter a few years back.

The argument for hanging it different ways has become long and convoluted. If it’s set to ‘over’ then it’s easier to find the end but fans of the ‘under’ will point out that it looks tidier that way.

Seth Wheeler, the esteemed inventor of the humble bog roll, also showed his creation as being hung the paper going over the top of the roll. A quick perusal of the Google Patents Archive also seems to back this up.

Of course, however you choose to hang your toilet roll is entirely up to you. And we’re not convinced this will really settle the debate about which way is the best.

H/T ScienceAlert

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