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Poll #1727752… - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost

After having run into this question for the Nth time, I found myself wondering what the actual stats are...

Toilet paper has a Proper Rotational Orientation and anyone who disagrees with mine is a terrible person
23(57.5%)
I could not care less what the rotational orientation of my toilet paper is
17(42.5%)
Toilet paper has a rotational orientation? What the heck are you talking about
0(0.0%)

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jadia From: jadia Date: April 7th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I prefer a particular rotational orientation but don't care that much.
chanaleh From: chanaleh Date: April 7th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
This! I consider overhand right and proper, and there have been times in my life when I would actually switch rolls that I encountered in the underhand position. But I have since made it a personal rule that whoever changes the roll gets to decide (and it doesn't make them a terrible person).

But I still picked the first answer, because my instincts are nearly that strong.
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: April 7th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
+1, except for not actually voting.
From: csbermack Date: April 7th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't used to care. Then people kept arguing about it and I started to pay attention, and developed a strong preference. Although I think others are not terrible people.
fanw From: fanw Date: April 8th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. I was told one day that there was a "right" way, and after some instruction I came to agree! But I wouldn't fight about it.
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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: April 7th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is easier in my second floor bathroom for me to get toilet paper off a very full roll by pushing than by pulling, so there I apparently defaulted to underhand.

A has a Very Strong Preference for overhand, so I try to do it her way when I remember.
chanaleh From: chanaleh Date: April 7th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, see, now I want a finer-grained poll.

* Overhand rules! Death to underhand!
* Strong preference for overhand.
* Mild preference for overhand.
* Random and/or couldn't care less.
* There's a difference?
* Mild preference for underhand.
* Strong preference for underhand.
* Underhand rules! Death to overhand!
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: April 7th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, see, I didn't actually wonder which one people preferred (which is the poll I usually see), I only wondered how many people actually cared. :) Though it is now clear that I should have had options for "strong preference" versus "mild preference".
arcanology From: arcanology Date: April 7th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are the internets, there are no mild perferences.
gilana From: gilana Date: April 7th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I prefer underhand, although I'm not entirely sure why. But I don't feel that strongly about it, either.
From: csbermack Date: April 7th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew someone who had to do underhand because the cats could unroll the paper if it was overhand.
ckd From: ckd Date: April 7th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
My response (not listed in poll) is "I have a preference, but practical reasons may cause other people to use the other direction and that's fine too."

(In particular: I use overhand, but expect dog/cat owners to need to use underhand more often.)
arcanology From: arcanology Date: April 7th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
That seems like one lame cat if it can't cause trouble with toilet paper over under or still in the plastic wrapper.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: April 8th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Certainly Smiles can get into less trouble if the roll is underhand.
lillibet From: lillibet Date: April 7th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does have a Proper Rotational Order, that can be trumped by other considerations. (I checked the first option, because I think that will give you closest to the data you're looking for, but I try not to confuse error and sin as in the second clause.)

Given that on patterned tissue, the pattern is always on the side so that it shows to best effect when installed overhand, it seems pretty clear to me that's the manufacturers intent. Additionally, it was pointed out to me by a gentleman that when standing, it is significantly easier to grab overhand.

That said, I think there is a strong aesthetic argument for having the tail end lie neatly against the wall and I have lived with several cat owners who find that in that configuration it provides less temptation to the cats.

So I think that there is a "correct" answer, but that it is not important that it be followed if that's just not the way you roll.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: April 7th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I prefer underhand, but Warren *strongly* prefers overhand, so we go with overhand in our house and I chalk up learning to like overhand just fine to one of the myriad little compromises that make a marriage work.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: April 8th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: April 13th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am now forever reminded of the short play I directed Waiting with the Hotel Clerk and Old Man: in which the Old Man tells the Hotel Clerk that it's clearly over-the-front because if you look at the little embossed designs on the toilet paper, it's obvious.

HC: But we never get the kind with the little embossed designs!
OM: Well, splurge once, and it'll be obvious!
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