The Toilet Paper Evolution

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A few years into my marriage, the toilet paper kept getting flipped from the “over” position (has a soul) to the “under” position (probably a robot). As you might guess, only one of these positions is correct…

When I asked my wife why she was switching the rolls from over to under, she told me that while I was at work our toddler loved slapping the roll of toilet paper and that in the over position, she’d be cleaning up mounds of unraveled toilet paper. Something like this…


Whereas, if you roll it underneath (behind the back), toddlers can spike away on the toilet paper endlessly and it will spin and spin but never unravels. The solution was brilliant, but still felt wrong at the core ;).

But the whole experience taught me an important lesson. Not only can you not judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a person by their toilet paper either. There may be unseen circumstances that would cause them to install toilet paper in the under position, or even the standing position for that matter.

Thomas Jefferson said it best in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the freedom to load your toilet paper however you see fit.” – or something like that.

Happy Independence Day!

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