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Toilet paper: over or under?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 6, 2010

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Photo of Dean Sanders

“I have no problem with either just so long as it comes off the roll.”

Photo of Danyelle Johnson

“Over because it’s awkward if it’s under.”

Photo of Davin Edelen

“Under, it’s cooler that way.”

Photo of Michelle Hagen

“Under because it’s easier to grab.”


milkman_dan 6 years ago

I'm perfecting a portable bidet, based on a waterpick.

Stuart Evans 6 years ago

is the water pressurized by gravity or is there a motor? your tank might have to be 10 feet tall to get enough pressure.

Kenny Nall 6 years ago

As long as there IS toilet paper, who cares?

Stuart Evans 6 years ago

I just had this discussion today. what happens when the sh!! goes down in this country and there is no more TP!? freakin scary once you think about it. From now on, i'm buying two cases of TP every time. One for long term storage, the other for use.

GardenMomma 6 years ago

If you are getting "ick" on your hands before you grab the TP, something's wrong.

LadyJ 6 years ago

You've never had to wipe twice?

50YearResident 6 years ago

This (above) is the best logical answer and should end this debate. Just think about it, multi is correct.

imisspattersonliquor 6 years ago

I worked for Jeff in 1979. Sad to hear he has left us. He was a good friend. The Shadow would surely be amused to find commentary about him on a link about toilet paper.

imisspattersonliquor 6 years ago

Both guys could keep you in stitches. Especially if Jeff got stuck on a word.

RoeDapple 6 years ago

UNDER!! Hey, if I'm gonna get accused of 'going' from across the room, leaving one or both lids incorrectly 'up' or 'down', and can't even have a 'quiet' moment without being barged in on to throw clothes in the hamper or get a tube of toothpaste then by jingles I'm gonna have the paper roll to suit ME!!


"Yes dear, I'm almost done. Be right out . . . ."

independant1 6 years ago

Over Ya can't do orgami when it's under Over is fun for the cat(s) Easier for the wifey to find it in wee hours of the morning Because I said so, that's why

Stuart Evans 6 years ago

counter. if you take the time to put it on the spool, you'll just have to do it again later. and also my tp holder is broken.

Pete Kennamore 6 years ago

Under: Then as you pull there is a slight upward force on the whole roll which reduces friction between the roll and the spindle as it turns.

Stuart Evans 6 years ago

don't tell me you people don't know about the 3 shells?

gphawk89 6 years ago

Doesn't matter. Once my 3-year-old gets ahold of it, it's all in a big pile on the floor. Or strung through the house.

nobody1793 6 years ago

Would you rather I said crapulent?

Paul R Getto 6 years ago

milkman_dan (anonymous) says… I'm perfecting a portable bidet, based on a waterpick.

MMD: I think the Japanese beat you to it. There are some hilarious stories about Americans unfamiliar with the technology getting hijacked by the automated toilets. As for the roll question, 'over' of course. That's what Momma taught me.

LadyJ 6 years ago

Do you leave the Sears catalog open or closed? Closed means you have to open it to tear out the pages, thus getting ick on the cover.

LadyJ 6 years ago

I had thought about posting a comment this morning asking him which he preferred. After all, he did come forward and tell us he liked both cornbread and biscuits.

Raiden 6 years ago

who thinks up these lame questions??? Who cares about over or under with toilet paper....where are the substantive questions about our community....that's what 'person on the street' questions are supposed to be about. Sigh....i guess this is a sign of how dumbed down we've become...that such a question would be asked and that it be answered! Save your scornful responses for someone who cares.

blindrabbit 6 years ago

When I open the sears catalog to grab a page, I usually open like reading a book. Black and white pages are softer than the colored ones.

BrianR 6 years ago

If it's 'over' the cat unravels the entire roll.

tbaker 6 years ago

Over, and will change it if incorrectly installed.

blindrabbit 6 years ago

tbaker: Changing the roll if incorrect sounds like a "anal retention" problem. Are you sure you really want to be in there.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 6 years ago

"If you have time to chatter Read books If you have time to read Walk into mountain, desert and ocean If you have time to walk Sing Songs and dance If you have time to dance Sit quietly, you Happy Lucky Idiot" Besides this, Nanao Sakaki has something to say about this -business- in his book of poetry "Break the Mirror". I believe river rocks, sticks and pine cones are mentioned!~)

jonas_opines 6 years ago

I generally just go outside and scoot around on my butt like a dog with a dingleberry. But I can understand how that would be unpopular.

And seriously, how can you get TP under someone's house or tree? Seems like that goes against the physical properties of matter. It goes Over the house or tree, there's nothing else for it.

blindrabbit 6 years ago

Jonas: Your logic makes total sense; this is especially evident around graduation time!

gccs14r 6 years ago

Under. It's easier to do a one-handed grab that way, because the wrist can be used as a roll brake. Fortunately, my wife also prefers under, so no discord there.

paisley 6 years ago

Let's add to this question. Do you have a magazine rack in the throne room? To answer the's was under as a kid. Now it is over. No magazine rack either. We have a Yahtzee game instead!

Jay Keffer 6 years ago

Either way, as long as there is paper on the roll. Nothing worse than getting stuck in a public stall with no options.

Anybody have five ones for a five?


LadyJ 6 years ago

Wait a minute, guys can hit the toilet?

denak 6 years ago

Honestly, half the time it isn't even on the roller. It is on the sink, the back of the toilet or on the floor. I really wish it would stay on the roller long enough to decide if over or under is best.

Mike Hatch 6 years ago

Definately over.

And to help save the environment, be sure and always use both sides.

beatrice 6 years ago


Somebody had to go there.

anneht 6 years ago

How trivial can we get in Lawrence, Kansas? With all the important things going on in our city, and our world, today, we are discussing toilet paper???? We deserve what we get!

beatrice 6 years ago

You are correct, and I am ashamed for taking part. We should be discussing more important issues like: sock-sock, shoe-shoe, or sock-shoe, sock-shoe?

There, I feel better now.

gccs14r 6 years ago

sock-sock, shoe-shoe. That way, if a toe hole is discovered in the wrong place on the second sock, the first shoe doesn't have to be removed first before putting the socks on opposite feet.

Linda Aikins 6 years ago

Makes me think of the most annoying commercial on right now:

"Honey, we're out of toilet paper." He says is THREE times! Two of the times had a bad ending. Keep the spare TP next to the toilet or else go get your own darn paper!!

I need more to do.....

Linda Aikins 6 years ago

on my way! wait - I am not 21....

blindrabbit 6 years ago

Good corn crop coming on this year, cobs will be inexpensive. Just think of the trees you will be saving. Suggest something like Cornhuskers if the bottom gets a little tender.

Jodi_LibHall 6 years ago


whats_going_on 6 years ago

Over, for sure. My bf changes it from time to time, just to piss me off.

Really pisses me off.

LadyJ 6 years ago

So all these comments and not a single copy/paste from Merrill telling us how we should be doing the toilet paper. Wait, maybe they don't use toilet paper in his house. Not very earth friendly. After the whole naked gardening revelation, I'm not sure I want to know. With my daughter's cat, what we usually got for some time was a handful of shredded toilet paper. Darn cat would even pull all the tissues out of the tissue box. You would walk in and find the empty box sitting in a pile of tissues.

beatrice 6 years ago

Over or under? How about between!

beatrice 6 years ago

Try both hands. You'll find it.

beatrice 6 years ago

The Golden Rule of Internet chats: Snark first lest ye get snarked.

LadyJ 6 years ago

Ok, thought that but wasn't going to ask.

meggers 6 years ago

Over! I suspect the 'under' folks are the same people who treat Miracle Whip like its mayo.

Questionable people, at best...;)

RoeDapple 6 years ago


Miracle Whip and toilet paper . . . not an image I'm ready for at 3 AM . . .

independant1 6 years ago

ask an expert, mr. wipple says over

blindrabbit 6 years ago

Did: Being a old grocery store clerk, I can say Miracle Whip is not Mayonnaise but Salad Dressing; Hellman's is the real stuff. Back in the day, I was chastised for making the wording mistake to a testy customer; still makes we shudder! She told me the difference had to do with the addition of eggs in the real Mayonnaise.

Probably does not affect the purpose you intended.

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