124-year-old patent ends the 'over/under' toilet paper debate

Patent Settles 124 Year Old Toilet Debate

Finally, a 124-year-old patent will settle the age-old debate: Should toilet paper hang over or under the roll?

On Monday, writer Owen Williams tweeted an image of a 1891 patent by Seth Wheeler, the man behind the Albany Perforated Wrapping Paper Company. According to the illustration, the end of the toilet paper roll should be on the outside, or in the "over position."

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Wheeler would know -- he was the man who first patented perforated toilet paper, or "wrapping paper" as it was apparently called back then.

The patent reads, "My invention consists in a roll of wrapping paper with perforations on the line of the division between one sheet and the next, so as to be easily torn apart, such roll of wrapping paper forming a new article of manufacture."

After more than a century, it looks like we've finally found the answer to a question that affects all of our daily lives. Now to figure out how to use a bidet.

Speaking of toilet paper, take a peek at some very creative dresses made from the white stuff:
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UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Katrina Chalifoux of Chicago poses with her winning creation during a toilet paper wedding dress construction contest at Ripley's Believe it or Not museum on 42nd Street. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Terri Glover of Texas checks out her dress before the competition during a toilet paper wedding dress construction contest at Ripley's Believe it or Not museum on 42nd Street. Katrina Chalifoux of Chicago won the contest. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: One of the creations at a toilet paper wedding dress construction contest at Ripley's Believe it or Not museum on 42nd Street. Katrina Chalifoux of Chicago won the contest. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: Romanian priests on a visit to the Holy Land pause during their stroll along the beachfront to take photos of a model dressed in a toilet paper bridal gown as she poses with a male model dressed as her bridegroom during a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Seven dresses made either completely or partially of toilet paper were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: Models pose in bridal gowns made mainly of toilet paper during a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: Models wearing bridal gowns made mainly of toilet paper are prepared for a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: A model wearing a toilet paper bridal gown is prepared for a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Seven dresses made mostly of toilet paper were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: A male model dressed as a groom waits for female models dressed in bridal gowns made either completely or partially of toilet paper to join him for a photo-opportunity on the beachfront on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: A male model dressed as a groom poses with a female model dressed in a bridal gown made mainly of toilet paper, as another model waits to take her place, during a photo-opportunity on the beachfront on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: A male model dressed as a groom walks with models dressed in bridal gowns made mainly of toilet paper, during a photo-opportunity on the beachfront on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 08: Models pose in bridal gowns made mainly of toilet paper during a photo-opportunity on September 8, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The dresses were commisioned by 'Lily' toilet paper, the leading brand of the Israeli company Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., which is partly owned by the multinational firm Kimberly-Clark, to herald the upcoming date of September 9, 2009. Twice as many couples than normal are expected to get married tomorrow, on 09/09/09, which is considered by many to be a lucky day to tie the knot. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
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