Life’s little problems

Recently, for reasons I’ll not go into, I had occasion to contemplate one of life’s great conundrums: Should the toilet paper feed over or under? A current TV commercial is declaring the issue a non-issue by announcing TP should go over.

I disagree.

While “over” may be the most aesthetically pleasing arrangement, I developed the “under” habit years ago. I was trained, actually, by a cat who found the “over” delivery a source of great amusement and who delighted in leaving piles of shredded toilet paper on the floor. He just couldn’t resist batting at that dangling bit of paper and clawing at the source from whence it came.

I read somewhere that such behavior would cease if I adopted the “under” delivery system, which I did, and it did. That particular cat is long gone but because I always have at least one cat around, the habit is now deeply ingrained. My apologies in advance to any guest who finds it gauche.

I googled the matter and found a very enlightening, well illustrated post espousing the “over” approach. Okay, maybe in another life …



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  1. I’ve always been an “under” person, until I got married.
    My wife came to me one day after the honeymoon was over and asked me to stop putting the rolls on that way. It seemed to be very important to her. She was on the verge of a breakdown. (She’s sort of a control freak). At first, I was going to argue about it an insist that I do the “under,” but then I decided, was this really where I wanted to draw the line? Weren’t there more important issues to fight about? If I was going to have a big stinking fight over something, it certainly wasn’t going to be toilet paper. And so, I am an over the top person now. And, really, it doesn’t bother me very much. I can adapt. We don’t have a cat either, which makes it easier. I suppose if the cat left the rolls all over the floor, she’d want to get rid of the cat.
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    You, sir, are a wise man.

  2. Over … here. Although I almost switched to the Under side when I once saw a toddler spinning the paper off (in the manner of your cat) the roll with great enthusiasm in preparation for a very thorough wipe, likely to be followed by an equally thorough toilet plugging. But the child was just a visitor, so we stuck with our Over tendency. Fortunately, my wife and I have always been in complete agreement about this. More likely to cause a skirmish would be the “discussion” as to why the asshole who finished the roll didn’t put the new one on the spindle …
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    Yep, that’s a whole ‘nother topic.

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