Wikipedia Article of The Day: Toilet Paper Orientation

by Christopher Paul on January 31, 2011

I love Wikipedia.

When I’m bored and in an inquisitive mood, I wiki-surf the site and find an article. Then, I queue up interesting links to other subjects while I read it. I could go through seven to ten articles in a single siting. It’s one reason why I bought the Articles app for my iPhone.

Most of the articles are relevant in some way or have some new to teach. sometimes there are articles that make your head scratch and seriously puts in doubt the benefits society gets from the site. Today’s article is about toilet paper orientation.

Despite being a trivial topic, people often hold strong opinions on the matter. Advice columnist Ann Landers said that the subject was the most controversial issue in her column’s history. Defenders of either position cite advantages ranging from aesthetics, hospitality, and cleanliness; to paper conservation and the ease of detaching individual squares. Celebrities and experts are found on both sides. The reasons behind each person’s choice have been analysed by several studies with theories ranging from age, gender, socioeconomic status to political philosophy. It has also been suggested that preference for “under” may correlate with ownership of a recreational vehicle or a cat.

As, The Daily What mentions, its surprisingly long – and detailed – going into the pros & cons from each side.


Personally, I don’t give a…

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Toilet Paper Orientation – Wikipedia via The Daily What

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