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January 15, 2010

Toilet Paper: Over is Right, Under is Wrong. Case Closed


In "Essential Life Lesson #1," Current Configuration finishes off the over vs. under dispute for all time. (with scientific illustrations) [HT: Morgan the Purse Dog Man]

Posted by Vanderleun at January 15, 2010 9:26 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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269 comments? Uh...

By way of analogy, let's look at a roll of paper towels that have a printed design: If you hang it over you can see the design; if you hang it under, you can't. Case closed. You're welcome.

Posted by: rickl at January 16, 2010 5:57 AM

270 comments? Uh...

Posted by: sherlock at January 16, 2010 8:47 AM

It's not under or over it's that the roller is horizontal when vertical would resolve the issue of tissue.

Posted by: Sadie at January 16, 2010 6:27 PM

Over is correct -- unless you have a dog who likes to go into the bathroom, grab the edge of the TP, and unravel most of the roll as she walks through the house.

In that case, under is correct...

Posted by: Dr Bob at January 16, 2010 9:00 PM

"Over is correct -- unless you have a dog who likes to go into the bathroom, grab the edge of the TP, and unravel most of the roll..."

One of my cats has figured it out both ways. Over or under, it doesn't matter to him, he's going to unroll it and/or tear it to shreds. Little bugger is too smart for his own good sometimes. So for me, the "correct" placement of the TP is in the cabinet under the sink. It has a handle that you need opposable thumbs to operate. At least, it has so far.

Posted by: waltj at January 17, 2010 4:55 AM

You dolts! It all depends on whether your outer anal opening is under or over!!

Posted by: FamouslyUnknown at January 17, 2010 1:29 PM

See, this is one argument that can be settled but never won.

Posted by: vanderleun at January 17, 2010 2:14 PM

"settled but never won."...Unless you happen to have a wife.

Posted by: monkeyfan at January 17, 2010 3:04 PM

Do you have a cat?

If yes, under.

If no, depends on the wife.

If you have no wife, then be a slob, see if I care.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at January 17, 2010 10:39 PM


Under is better if you are toilet-papering a tree: it allows for better spin after it is flung in an arc over it.

just sayin....

Posted by: cond0010 at January 18, 2010 8:56 AM

TP is best left off the wall roller entirely, sitting axis up on the lid of the water closet or floor nearby. In the case of a cat infestation, mounting UNDER is excusable but only until the cats can be exterminated. Otherwise, OVER is correct and, really, for cryin' out loud, not open to serious question.

Posted by: Matt Burchett at January 18, 2010 5:35 PM

I remember when Oprah made this an issue years ago (I think that was the last time I watched her). She said under was correct. I think that personal preferance on this is telling...Over is the position of it being offered to you, underneath puts you in a "taking" position. I had alway thought Oprah was a "taker"...this proved it to me.

Posted by: Lily Ledbetter at January 20, 2010 8:28 AM

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