The question of which way you should hang your toilet roll has finally been answered thanks to the 128-year-old patent for the product being discovered.
The internet is one of the greatest inventions of the past century. It has completely changed the way in which we live our lives and we use it for an almost infinite amount of things. To learn, to entertain, to inform. However, a lot of the time, the internet is being used so that people around the world who have never even met can argue about the most trivial topics.
Earlier this week it was how well-done someone should have their toast. While we are fairly certain that war of words continues to rage on, one that began years ago and has never really stopped is how to hang your toilet roll. When you insert a fresh roll into your toilet roll holder, do you place it so that the next available sheet is lying over the roll or hanging underneath it?
That might sound like an incredibly trivial argument to you but trust us when we say there are some people online who seem to think it means life or death. Well, if you are one of those people, we have some good news (or bad news, depending on what side of the fence you fall on). CHOICE, an Australian consumer organization, has given a definitive answer to the age-old debate. It's over, both literally and figuratively.
That's right, the paper should be hanging over the roll. We now know this for sure thanks to CHOICE finding the designs filed for the patent of toilet roll from 1891. Seth Wheeler is the Victorian-era man we have to thank for toilet paper, and as you can see from his diagrams, he very much wanted us to hang our rolls so that the next available sheets are hanging over the top of them.
With the internet being the internet, 128-year-old proof provided by the man who invented the product is still not enough. Some supporters of Camp Under have commented that the right way is whatever feels right to the user. Sadly, we will never really know that for sure, as Wheeler has long since passed. This war will likely wage on, despite the evidence seemingly giving us a definitive answer.