Which Way Do We Roll Has Been Answered

by admin on April 20, 2016

The debate over which direction a toilet paper roll should hang has been ended. I give you the original 1891 patent application drawing….

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Cleosia April 20, 2016 at 7:33 am

That may be the official direction but in my house, going over the top makes it a cat toy. When it goes underneath, they can’t figure out how to unroll it. 🙂

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lnelson1218 April 20, 2016 at 8:05 am

LOL

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Susan April 20, 2016 at 8:15 am

LOL! I was just going to say the same thing!

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Maggie April 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

I tried that with my cat – she still managed to unravel it ?

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Maribel April 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

Exactly! That’s why I hang it the wrong way.

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Marion April 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

I was told [when I worked at McDonalds] that it goes over, as some people with *ahem* ‘less than impecable hands’ have scrabbled to find the end – leaving the wall in need of cleaning…

Which just goes to show that some people aren’t any smarter than cats!

[Not saying that cats aren’t smart – they are! – just that some people behave in public in a way (I hope) they wouldn’t in their own home. 🙁 ]

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Adereterial April 20, 2016 at 12:12 pm

This!

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Dyan April 20, 2016 at 12:57 pm

hhahahah Cleosia I thought it was only my cats hahaha good to know I am not alone

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Ashley April 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm

See, that’s odd, because when I have it over the top like this, the cats leave it alone. But if I have it the other way around, that’s when they play with it. Thankfully they don’t play with it often no matter what, but isn’t that funny how it’s different from cat to cat?

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David April 20, 2016 at 11:24 pm

My cats have only unrolled the toilet paper if it’s in the wrong way as well

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Polly April 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm

It’s ok if it is dictated by cats!!

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PYE April 21, 2016 at 8:24 am

I’ve always found that over the top results in less of the roll hanging down. With under there always seems to be some hanging making it a target for our cats. I find it interesting that others have the complete opposite experience.

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MamaToreen April 20, 2016 at 7:35 am

That’s awesome

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Lisa April 20, 2016 at 7:53 am

Absolutely correct!

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KarenK April 20, 2016 at 8:22 am

As I have always maintained, as when it rolls underneath, you hit your hand on the wall!

Although I do sympathize with Cleosia. Luckily, my cats have never found toilet paper to be that fascinating.

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Christina April 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

Vindication! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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Mustard April 20, 2016 at 8:33 am

The patent is wrong….

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Laura Payne April 22, 2016 at 7:18 am

LOL! I totally agree with you.

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Miss-E April 20, 2016 at 8:52 am

Sorry I am not on board. It unrolls so much easier when its under!!

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dee nile April 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

I avoid this issue by using a vertical roll holder.

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Julia April 20, 2016 at 9:31 pm

This!

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Kim April 20, 2016 at 9:20 am

Over! I knew it! Burn to all those wrong people! LOL

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Mary April 20, 2016 at 9:22 am

I feel very strongly that the correct way is over the top. If someone in my house puts the tp on the roll differently I will correct it. I won’t go as far as adjusting it in other homes since that would be rude.

I do feel that exceptions can be made for cats and toddlers. I know that “under” is best for those two groups.

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Victoria April 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

VINDICATION! I shall print this out and leave it in the bathroom as a message to my husband.

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Cat April 20, 2016 at 10:10 am

Count me in with Cleosia. I sold a town home and kindly left a new roll hung for the new owner. When I made a last check of the house, my Siamese had unrolled the entire roll of paper. Has anyone ever tried to reroll a entire roll of toilet paper?
I am grateful to Mr. Wheeler. Toilet paper ranks with the toothbrush as one of the personal devices for which I am truly thankful.

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Green123 April 21, 2016 at 7:38 am

I used to have a Siamese. She was SO clever – honestly I thought she was about to take over the world and make me her human underling 🙂

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magicdomino April 20, 2016 at 10:13 am

With witnesses no less. 🙂 However, I will grant an exception for those with small mischievous creatures of whatever species that are fascinated by unrolling paper.

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nannerdoman April 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

That’s the way I always find it done in public restrooms.

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JD April 20, 2016 at 10:32 am

Our roll holder is vertical, so there is no over or under, but the above patent is priceless! I love it!

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starstruck April 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

I’ve been right all along……

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starstruck April 20, 2016 at 10:47 am

I will have to show my husband this

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Lisa H. April 20, 2016 at 11:08 am

how else can you make those little triangles?

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essie April 20, 2016 at 12:32 pm

At my office, each toilet stall has a double toilet tissue dispenser; our cleaning staff installs one in each direction. 😉

I have never heard anyone insist that the paper MUST hang down in the back. I’ve heard people insist that it MUST hang down in the front and I’ve heard people say either way is acceptable. As long as there’s plenty and the dispenser works, I’m happy. (FWIW, my roller is attached to the wall next to the toilet; it’s much easier to pull it out of the undersink cabinet as needed, so the point is moot.)

Surely there are more important things to argue about? Like, what kind of drink you pour your salted peanuts into or what kind of drink should be consumed with a Moon Pie.

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Ulla April 22, 2016 at 7:45 am

Don’t forget the all-time favorite: The correct way to build sandwich (cold). You take bread, butter it and then you have cheese and ham. Which goes first? Of course, the correct answer is cheese. Only heretics would put the ham under the cheese. Unfortunately my husband is one of the heretics. It’s very difficult life for us!

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Kai Lowell April 20, 2016 at 12:37 pm

I needed that grin today. 🙂

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Cerys April 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm

We’ve cut through the entire Gordian Knot. We stand the roll up on end. Occasionally it gets knocked into the toilet, but I feel this is a reasonable price to pay.

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Splatman April 20, 2016 at 11:28 pm

You need a holder like those vertical paper towel holders for the kitchen. Sounds like a project for your kids if they are taking wood shop class.

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Just4Kicks April 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Hey, I’m just absolutely THRILLED when my kids and my husband actually put a new roll ON after they’ve used up the last one….I don’t care which way it goes!!! 🙂

Now, putting down the seat in middle of the night, so my daughter and I don’t “fall in” at 2am…..that’s on my list as well.

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Jo April 22, 2016 at 1:22 am

Yep! As long as there is toilet paper and it’s ON the roll, I’m happy! Seriously, how hard is it to take the empty one off and put the new one on????

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Just4Kicks April 23, 2016 at 4:57 am

@Jo: If I had a dime for every time I’ve said that in the past 20 years, I could buy my own sunny island!
It takes two seconds, and if you’ve sat there long enough to USE the rest of the toilet paper, you can pop on a new roll.

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Ulla April 22, 2016 at 7:48 am

Happily the cats help with the toilet seat issue. My husband was well trained by his, now ours, first (lady!) cat. Because if the toilet seat was left open, the cat would sit on/press the flush buttons to watch the water flow and gurgle. Not the nicest sound during night in small apartment. So, I just enjoy about the promptly closed toilet seats now!

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Just4Kicks April 23, 2016 at 5:03 am

@Ulla: I will have to see if I can our cat Finley to do that! 🙂
If the boys, husband included, have presence of mind to put the seat UP half asleep, they can put it back down when they are finished.
My daughter and I do not enjoy “night swimming”.
I once fell in around one am and woke my husband up with my “Oh, come on guys!!!”.
He was not happy I disturbed his beauty sleep, and I said if you all would put the seat down, I wouldn’t have yelled.
Of course I got the “it wasn’t ME!” Uh huh…..right….

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Ashley April 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm

I don’t care which way it’s facing as long as it’s there when I need it.

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Karen L April 20, 2016 at 1:24 pm

I KNEW IT!

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Elizabeth April 20, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Not in my house.

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Green123 April 20, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Over. Always over.

There are class implications in the UK of the wrong way. My mother wouldn’t have let me play with children whose houses had the loo roll the wrong way… 😉

I’m with the first poster on the cat toy problem, though 🙂

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Cora April 21, 2016 at 10:29 am

You have GOT to be kidding. Wouldn’t let you play with children whose toilet paper roll is “wrong”? I’m guessing she was equally harshly judgmental about, like, the metric system, or people who folded their umbrellas the “wrong” way, or who made their tea “wrong”. What a waste of time and energy.

There is no “wrong” way to hang toilet paper. The point is to have it available. Embrace diversity, people, geez.

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lafred April 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Uh, did you not see the wink at the end of that sentence?

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Green123 April 23, 2016 at 11:14 am

Um, hello, Cora? Have you heard of the concept of a joke, at all? I mean, feel free to be horribly rude and judgemental about my mother if you like, but please do learn to embrace the emoticon people, geez…

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Ginny April 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm

… and when you roll from underneath, you also use less — kids (and cats and husbands) just can’t “spin off” a big pile of tissue

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Katana April 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm

There are people who care about this? There are people who defend it being a “right way” and a “wrong way”. The correct way is if it’s on the roll at all. I have far more important things going on in my life than to worry about a petty thing like this.

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Lenore April 21, 2016 at 1:12 am

ROFL! I’ve never been too fussed about HOW it hangs, just as long as there’s paper in the Room of Requirement, that’s all that matters!

Also, for the people who are owned by kittens, I saw this idea where you slightly squish the roll so that it’s more elliptical in shape than round. It was for preventing toddlers using massive handfuls of toilet paper, but I’m sure it’ll help with the kitty-toiletpaper-toy issue!

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Mojo April 21, 2016 at 3:45 am

Nope. The nuns at school taught us to ‘roll behind’, so as not to draw attention to the fact the paper is there. Anything to do with the lavatory has to be as discreet and unobtrusive as possible.

This was in our scheduled etiquette lessons, which included deportment, table setting and the correct way to address a letter to a bishop, so I should know!

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Just4Kicks April 23, 2016 at 5:32 am

@Mojo: Ah, yes a Catholic education….nothing like it!
My mom used tell us stories of the nuns lining up the girls every morning, then making kneel down.
Any girl whose hem of her skirt didn’t touch the floor, the nun would RIP out the stitching of the hem so the skirt was the appropriate length.
….And then there the nuns who chaperoned school dances and would push between kids slow dancing telling them to “leave room for the Holy Spirit”! 🙂
My mom once overheard me tell someone who asked what my religion was that I was a “recovering Catholic”…..the meanest nuns and their rulers had nothing on my dear Mom THAT day!

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Cat April 24, 2016 at 4:25 am

My public high school did the skirt length test too. We went sent home to change if it was too short. We were not allowed to wear slacks. It was dresses or skirts and blouses. We also had fingernail inspection in case our nails were too long.
Elementary schools, also public, were worse. Teachers did not use rulers; they bent you over a desk and spanked you. I got spanked for making punctuation marks too big.
We were learning to print using those fat pencils and making 3″ high letters. I was making my periods and other punctuation marks in proportion to the large letters. Teacher said periods were to be dots. I thought she meant like polka dots-round circles, so that is what I did. She spanked me for being disobedient.

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Just4Kicks April 26, 2016 at 2:33 am

@Cat: That’s awful! I’m sorry that happened to you.

A boy in my daughter’s grade got expelled month, all around bully and disrespectful.
The teachers and administration finally had enough and kicked him out.
On Friday, my daughter came home and said “guess who’s back in school?” before I could answer her she continued, “…..And got expelled AGAIN!”
What?!? Why?
In the two hours this kid was back in school, he pushed a girl to the ground and told his teacher and the principle to “Go (blank) themselves”!!!
Back in my day, whatever punishment that was handed to me by a teacher, was NOTHING compared to what I got when I got home from my Mom.
Kids these days, well not all of them, have no fear of authority.
It’s amazing to me.

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Just4Kicks April 26, 2016 at 2:35 am

….got expelled last month….that should say…..oops

Ulla April 27, 2016 at 4:59 am

Maybe because fear of authority is not useful thing to have. It just leads to monstrosities, when people follow blindly instead of thinking with their own brains and having moral code. I would not want any adult to blindly follow authorities so why would children to be raised to do so. If the person who should be authority is doing morally sound things, morally sound people will follow the course because it’s the right thing to do. If not, then only morally right course of action is to rebel and not follow.

Just4Kicks April 28, 2016 at 1:22 pm

@Ulla: I do understand what you’re saying about following blindly, and not thinking for yourself and finding your own moral compass in life.
It’s important to stand up for you believe, even if it makes you unpopular.
One of my favorite quotes is: “What’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right”.

However, this 12 year kid telling the teacher and principal to “go (blank) themselves” in response to getting yelled at for purposefully hurting another student, doesn’t fall into any of the things you’re speaking of, in my opinion anyway, it’s just bratty.

SweetPea April 21, 2016 at 2:56 pm

I find I don’t give a single hoot which way it’s put on the roll.. Just so long as it’s put on the roll at all! I hate when people just sit the new roll right on top of the old one without bothering to do the full exchange. 🙂

Also – I second the “wrong way” on behalf of cats notion.

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Goldie April 22, 2016 at 8:33 am

I used to prefer it the other way, because I thought it’s easier to pull it from underneath the roll without ripping it. But then my last bf told me that people usually hang it as shown in the picture “so it’s facing away from the wall”. I tried it that way and liked it.

Luckily, my two kittens haven’t yet discovered it that TP can be a cat toy, but I guess the night is still young?

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Outdoor Girl April 22, 2016 at 10:05 am

Yes! If the roll is on the correct way, as I pull paper off the roll, I can put it around my hand, such that the inside of the paper is now on the outside and the paper that was previously exposed never touches my delicate skin. 😉

If the roll is on the wrong way, the outside of the paper, that may have brushed the wall, is on the outside and thus touches my skin.

Not so much of a concern at home but squicks me out in public rest rooms.

And my cats haven’t really shown any interest in the roll on the wall whatsoever. Though one of them likes to sink her teeth into the replacement rolls on the stand beside the toilet. I find it amusing to use the paper with fang marks through it until you get it used enough.

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Grey April 23, 2016 at 12:11 am

Ok. Just keep in mind that Fig. 1 shows the person standing on the opposite side of the roll.

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