There are just some debates that have been around since forever, well, at least 1960 or so, in which there are no foreseeable ends or resolutions: paper or plastic, Byrd or Jordan, vampire or werewolf, Kirk or Picard, Superman or Batman, tighties or boxers, red or blue, Rebel or Black Bear, Ginger or Maryann, and the biggest one of them all, over or under. I even touched on my own over/under argument with BJ (many many years ago) in one of my early blogs. It’s this last debate that has recently been thrown a curveball into the long argument.
Over/under, for the uninitiated (and really, that could only mean those 18 and under, right?) is the age old argument of whether the toilet paper in the bathroom should roll over…or under. Some might suggest this debate is a pointless one, but I’d argue those people have never struggled to grab the first sheet in a roll oriented “under”…and then had to spin and spin trying to get that first sheet in a position to grab.
So, okay, truth is that it cannot be “ages old.” Toilet paper as we know it on a roll has only really been available since the late 1800s. Sure, there were many other types of paper used, but not rolled. In doing some quick wiki-research for this, I discovered the Greeks used to use pebbles. Some of the advertising for early rolled toilet paper suggested it was “splinter-free.”
Recently however, BJ bought this little contraption (tp holder) that fits on the side of the tank. When we repainted the bathroom wall, we removed the tp holder on the wall and just never replaced it partly because I didn’t do it fast enough and partly because BJ didn’t like the location (there’s a blog all in itself, right? Strategic locations of tp holders!). After a long while of no holder I found the one in the accompanying photo attached. Note, it is an up/down holder and not an over/under holder. BJ argues that because of the gravitational lean of the roll (note how the roll leans to the left) that there is still an over/under orientation and I can almost see her point. And yet, the roll holder suggests the opposite. So what would you call it? Left/right? Home/Away? In/Out?
Regardless, I’m just thankful we’re not arguing how to stack corn cobs.