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Over or under? The toilet paper debate answered by 1891 patent

The age-old argument about whether toilet paper should go "over or under" has been apparently been settled by an 1891 patent unearthed by one writer.
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The debate is so over.

The age-old argument about whether toilet paper should go “over or under” has been apparently been settled by an 1891 patent unearthed by one writer.

And it’s over.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Tech writer Owen Williams tweeted the original patent owned by Seth Wheeler, who “invented certain new and useful improvements in toilet-paper rolls.”

For some reason, the inventor seems to make a big fuss about the fact that he came up with the idea of inserting perforations into the roll. But for TP users more than a century later, the takeaway is this: The drawing Wheeler submitted with the patent application clearly show how rolls should hang.

Once and for all, folks, it’s over.

Now let's focus on that other household debate: leaving the toilet seat up or down.

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