The Great Debate

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

In the effort to keep our readers fully informed of the most controversial issues of our day, we at the Turley blog turn over every leaf. While other cultural wars rage on, it is time to turn our attention to this pressing issue. The correct way to hang toilet paper, over or under?

The miracle that is modern physics has solved this contentious debate.

As shown in the following scientific diagram the visibility of the leading sheet of paper is greatly enhanced when the roll is unwound from the top. Reaching for the unwinding point when the first sheet is out-of-sight leads to frustrating moments of blind grouping. Over a lifetime, these frustrating moments add up.

The one-handed tear technique is also facilitated by the over-hung roll. The over-hung roll leads to cleaner tears without those partial pieces of the next sheet that dangle untidily.

Whether you’re a one-ply or two-ply user, the evidence is unmistakable, over is correct.

As a public service announcement, always use enough toilet paper, no more, no less.

H/T: Current Configuration.

21 thoughts on “The Great Debate”

  1. I’m a day late,but I’m glad to see that the minds are always thinking of how to make our lives more pliable and intent on keeping our fingers out of the cookie jar.LOL!!!

  2. hahahahahahaha!

    my utmost thanks for a most exellent morning laugh….

  3. I can see the link between certain bodily functions relevant to this post and the insurance industry, but I’m truly baffled as to how lizards figure into the equation. Seems like their scaly skin would be irritating and I’m almost positive the lizards wouldn’t enjoy it any more than than the humans. Even if one substituted the more supple skinned amphibians for lizards when the choices are “paper, bidet or salamander” that the salamander option would involve an inter-species fight at a minimum. How culheath got related to either insurance or this other sketchy proposition from his statements remains a mystery.

  4. @culheath, like a lot of your friends culheath, I am hoping that whether it’s paper, bidet, or moist wipe you will soon get over your GEICO phase.

  5. It depends on whether you have a cat. It’s a lot easier for cats to unspool the whole thing if you install it as “over” but in cat-less households, “over” keeps it from inadvertently contacting the wall.

    I don’t really understand the physics involved in tearing, but I suspect it would vary by brand anyway.

  6. A pox on all your houses. I keep my TP roll (single ply) on a very high shelf so it is inaccessible to my roommate Rupert L. Gato. I don’t want find it strewn all over the house.

  7. Valuable insight this, but what’s the hydro-efficiency altitude of my nifty Spaloo bidet?

    These precarious potty potentials are messing with my weekend.

  8. Pardon me? 1, June 4, 2011 at 8:30 am

    My tube is vertical.

    Hey when did this article get to be about sex?

    I really did have to take a few mins to decide if I should be naughty and print my question… Couldn’t help myself

  9. Nal,

    Like they say,

    The job’s not done,

    until the paperwork is finished…

    I am glad you got to the bottom of this.

  10. pardon me?,

    Personally, I’m with you. I prefer vertical as well. Some people just like to think outside the bowl, er, box.

  11. “I believe consistency and orthogonality are tools of design, not the primary goal in design.” – Yukihiro Matsumoto

    “Humor can be one of our best survival tools.” – Allen Klein

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