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Toilet Paper Roll Over or Under

Updated on September 4, 2013
Toilet Paper Debate
Toilet Paper Debate | Source

Toilet Paper Roll -Over or Under?

When it comes to loading the next toilet paper roll at my house, it seems that really no one other than myself wants to take the time to put the next toilet paper roll on the holder. This sort of drives me a little bonkers at times but I deal with it and just load the rolls on the holder as best as I can. I know that the debate over whether or not the toilet paper roll should be loaded with the paper loading out over the top of the toilet paper holder or whether or not it should be loading for it to flow out of the bottom of the holder is a subject of great current and past debate. For the official record I prefer to always load the toilet paper rolls at my house with the paper coming out over the top of the holder. I am officially an over the roll guy.

Toilet paper- Over is my preferred way. What about you?
Toilet paper- Over is my preferred way. What about you? | Source

Toilet Paper Roll- Over vs Under Debate

This topic as I recall was once a hotly debated issue on the old Dear Abby or Ann Landers newspaper columns. In fact, there was so much debate and discussion that Abby ( or Ann) had to finally say that the issue of over versus under for toilet paper would have to be retired and put to rest in her column as she was tired of continually addressing the issue.

Toilet Paper- The Case for Over

Now since I already stated that I am an "over" guy, I'll go ahead and give my reasons for this. I am fairly certain that I have always loaded my toilet paper over the top of the roll. To me, it just seems like this is the right way to load it. The paper seems to be easier to get to when it is loaded this way. There it is over the top just waiting for you to grab and pull and get a handful to take care of your business. The sheet that you need to grab is not hanging near the wall and easily accessible and easy to pull. I prefer over and when I see a roll that is under then I think to myself, why did someone load the paper the wrong way? What the heck were they thinking?

This short video from Youtube and Discovery is really good and tells you where toilet paper first came from and how it is made. It is very interesting and only last about five or six minutes.

How Toilet Paper is Made

Toilet Paper Roll- The Case for Under

I believe that my father-in-law is an "under" guy. He and many other people seem to think that the toilet paper roll should be loaded with the paper coming out from under the bottom of the roll. I believe that I had read in the past, (maybe in that Dear Abby column) that the toilet paper will actually be easier to tear off the roll when it is loaded under. If you think about this for a minute, it seems to make pretty good sense. When you try to separate the toilet paper after pulling down that it tears off easier. I actually can believe that this indeed may be true. I know that when the paper is coming over the top and when you pull it sometimes the paper just keeps on rolling out even more without a clean separation from the main roll as you intended. When it rolls out from underneath, then there is the roll there to help it to break the momentum from spinning and can be more easily torn off the main roll. This I believe would me the main case for those people that support the "under" argument.

Toilet Paper Roll - Is under your preferred way?
Toilet Paper Roll - Is under your preferred way?

Toilet Paper Debate Poll- Over vs Under? You decide!

Which is the right way to load a roll of toilet paper?

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Wow! How cool is that?
Wow! How cool is that? | Source

Toilet Paper Gun?

I recently just took my family to the circus. At one point in the show the performers shot rolls of toilet paper into the crowd with a lead blower. I had never seen that before and thought it was kind of neat. Here in the video below this dude uses the same setup to prank his girlfriend when she comes through the door. It's kind of funny I think. See it for yourself now below.


Toilet Paper Comments- Over vs Under.. Your thoughts?

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    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Silly as this may seem arguments on over and under have gone on for as long as the roll has been with us. I personally change sides occasionally. Think it must have to do with the roll.

      Hotels always go over the top, which would lead me to believe it's a money saving issue.

    • hoov45 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Hoover 

      5 years ago from Denham Springs, Louisiana

      Well yes Nancy... I thought it would spark some discussion. I hope you cast your vote.

    • Nancy Owens profile image

      Nancy Owens 

      5 years ago from USA

      What an interesting topic for a hub :)


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