Ah, toilet paper, the unsung hero of our daily lives, is always there when we need it most. But did you know that this humble bathroom essential has been at the center of a heated debate for well over a century? It all started with Patent Number 465,588, issued on December 21, 1891, by the ingenious Seth Wheeler. Little did he know that his invention would spark a timeless argument about the right way to hang the toilet paper roll.
Before we dive into the madness that ensues when discussing this crucial topic, let’s take a trip back in time to explore Mr. Wheeler’s revolutionary creation. Picture this: it’s the late 1800s, and the modern toilet, as we know it, was still finding its porcelain feet. People were using a variety of bathroom aids, including newspapers, leaves, and corn cobs. But Seth Wheeler, being the visionary he was, decided it was time for an upgrade.
With his groundbreaking patent, Wheeler introduced the perforated toilet paper roll as we know it today. Gone were the days of haphazardly tearing off uneven scraps; now, you could have perfectly measured sheets with just a gentle pull! A truly “rolling” invention, if you ask us.
But as time went on and the world embraced the convenience of toilet paper, an unforeseen clash arose. It turns out that people couldn’t agree on which way the toilet paper should hang. One might think it’s a trivial matter, but let us assure you, it is anything but!
First, we have the “Over” enthusiasts. They believe that the loose end of the roll should hang over the top, flowing freely like a waterfall of cleanliness. For them, this method makes for a smoother, quicker roll-out experience, ensuring that they never have to fumble for the edge again. They argue that it’s the only civilized way to hang toilet paper and that it brings a touch of elegance to the bathroom.
On the other side of the battlefield, we find the “Under” advocates. They insist that the loose end must hang underneath the roll, hugging the wall like a shy turtle hiding in its shell. Their reasoning? Supposedly, this technique prevents pets and playful toddlers from unraveling the whole roll, causing chaos in their wake. They say it’s the only rational and practical way to use toilet paper.
The conflict between the Over and Under factions has resulted in countless debates, family feuds, and even broken friendships. Social media platforms have been set ablaze with heated arguments, and emojis have been brandished like digital swords. People have organized conventions to discuss the matter, and a global “Toilet Paper Hanging Olympics” has been proposed, though it hasn’t garnered enough support to become a reality.
Through all the commotion, Patent 465,588 stands tall, a symbol of innovation and progress in the realm of bathroom necessities. Little did Seth Wheeler know that his creation would divide households for generations to come, as families struggle to find common ground on the proper way to hang the roll.
So, dear reader, where do you stand on this grand issue? Are you an “Over” enthusiast, basking in the glory of your elegant toilet paper flow? Or do you align yourself with the “Under” camp, valiantly defending your rolls from the mischievous paws of pets and kids?
Regardless of your preference, let’s remember the wisdom of our ancestors who survived without this invention. Let’s cherish the gift of toilet paper and be grateful for the convenience it brings to our lives. And, if all else fails, just be thankful we’re no longer using corn cobs!
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As a final nod to the Great Toilet Paper Debate, it’s worth noting that the original diagram on Patent 465,588 by Seth Wheeler, the very patent that revolutionized toilet paper as we know it, showed the roll with the loose end going over the top. It’s almost as if Wheeler himself weighed in on the matter, adding a touch of humor to this age-old debate. So, as we celebrate innovation and the brilliance of inventors with Stellar Kent, let’s remember to keep the spirit of invention alive and perhaps take a playful cue from the inventor himself – with the loose end going over!
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