On Toilet Paper’s Birthday, Celebrate By Using It Right!

On this day, 124 years ago, toilet paper was born — or at least, that’s when the patent was published. Where would we be without toilet paper? We’d be a lot stinkier, that’s for sure.  Though it might seem strange for something so universally beloved to stir vehement arguments, we’ve all had the debate at least once in our lives: Over or under?

Fans of the “over” method point to the ease of use when unrolling the amount you need. Fans of the “under” method simply point to this:

But on this most joyous of days, if we go back and take a look at the original patent… we’ll see that the debate is definitively answered: Over.

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Sadly, the patent makes no mention of the second-most common usage of toilet paper:

Image via George Thomas/Flickr
Image via George Thomas/Flickr

But, if you’re a die-hard fan of the under method, take heart: The inventor isn’t always the best person to ask. Robert Chesebrough, the inventor of Vaseline, ate a spoonful of the jelly a day. (We can’t get behind that, though — eating Vaseline can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea and shortness of breath. On the other hand, Chesebrough lived to be 96, so you do you.)

(Featured image via Steven Depolo)