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How to hang toilet paper

Posted by Environment Smart on 02/04 at 12:52 PM
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It has always bothered me when someone hangs the toilet paper with the paper rolling off from underneath. I simply do not like having to search for the end of the paper. It seems the natural way of the roll to have the paper come over the top. Well, now I have found someone who has taken the time to explain in detail why my way of hanging the toilet paper is, in fact, the correct way. Not only that – it also reduced waste of toilet paper.

According to the article, Essential Life Lesson #1: Over is Right, Under is Wrong, "Toilet paper has a natural curve, a way of being that lends itself to certain orientations on the toilet paper spool."

Complete with diagrams, the article explains how the "over-hung" method allows for both "the most visible free sheetage and the least amount of sheetage free from the roll to do it." It continues with arguments in favour of the "over-hung" method when it comes to the "one-handed tear".

"The natural curve of the over-hung method allows the roll to stand fast after a one-handed tear, but the under-hung method creates a calamitous tendency in the roll." This often leads to wastage of paper as it runs off of the roll and bunches on the floor.

For those of you who would like to further impress other with your vast scientific know-how, there is available a Overhanging Public Service Hanger Brochure (PDF). 

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