There’s a Correct Way to Hang Toilet Paper, and This Patent From 1891 Proves It



For as long as people have been using toilet paper (which is a long time) there’s been a debate as to which is the “correct” way to hang it. There’s the overhand method with the end strip hanging closer to the person, visible. And then there’s the underhand method in which the strip you pull lays in the back of the roll.

While overhand might seem more logical to many, the underhand method is a favorite of those who own playful cats who tend to unravel the toilet paper rolls for fun. It’s a matter of preference, but the debate rages on nonetheless.

But, we’ve uncovered a document from 1891 that should set a precedent that ends the debate between you and your roommates or significant others.

See the next page for the document in question, and don’t forget to save it for the next time you get in this debate!

Here it is. The tweet’s a year and a half old, but that’s nothing compared to how old the source material is. It’s a sketch for a toilet paper roll wheel as part of a patent application. As you can see, it’s overhand or bust for the creator of this contraption:



The man behind the invention, Seth Wheeler, clearly favored overhand, and this guy was, effectively, writing the book on toilet paper dispensing.

But whether you use this as evidence you’re right, or you just ignore this compelling evidence, there’s one thing we can ALL agree on…



There might be a right way and a wrong way, but there’s also a REALLY wrong way to do it. So as long as you stick with either option 1 or 2, we’ll all be able to coexist peacefully.