Regardless of your stance on the matter, you probably think it’s absurd that the “over or under” toilet paper roll debate ever existed in the first place. (Because obviously over is the right answer.)

Still, the question of the proper way to orient the roll on the hanger has persisted. Arguments raged, relationships were forever shattered, and someone even made a Wikipedia entry dedicated to the subject. Times were hard. That is, until now.

Tech writer Owen Williams recently came across the 1891 patent for perforated toilet paper with drawings clearly indicating the intended orientation from the inventor himself, Seth Wheeler.  


Toilet paper was originally patented by Wheeler’s own Albany Perforated Wrapping Paper Company in 1871, but the 1891 version was a new and improved model intended to cut back on toilet paper waste.

And so a verdict from deep in the past proves to be the final word on this hot button issue. So shall it is drawn, so shall it be hung.