Dear Readers: I asked you, my readers, which way TOILET PAPER should be hung -- out and over or back and around. Wow! Lots of comments on this question. Here is what just a few of you had to say:

* Kathy Rickard of Johnsonburg, Pa., says: “We always put the paper on with the back-and-around method. The reason: If the paper was out and over, my 2-year-old brother made a game of spinning the roll, and paper would tumble all over the floor.”

* Gerry in Oregon says: “If the roll is close to the toilet, it’s more convenient to roll the paper from the back. If the roll is a distance away, it is easier to roll from the front.”

* Roberta in Iowa says: “The roll of toilet paper should have the end against the wall. Why have it dangling in front?”

* Gloria in Maine says, “I’ve been a housekeeping manager at a hotel, and I prefer the roll over the top, and I taught my girls that the pointed fold stays much better coming from the top of the roll.”

* Ruth Thompson in Brandon, Miss., says: “When we moved into our house, I was shocked to see the toilet paper down at ankle level. At that level, over the top is the only appropriate way it can be reached.”

* Jerry in Rapid City, S.D., says: “It’s harder to find the end if it’s on the backside. Embossed rolls must hang in front, or you will see the backside of the tissue hanging down.”

* Joe in Texas says: “There is no wrong or right way to hang toilet paper. However, if you have felines in your house and your toilet paper is hanging over the top, they tend to slap at it until it’s all on the floor.”

* Joni in Gary, Ind., says, “Whoever changes the roll gets to put it on the way he or she wants.”

So, the great how-to-hang-the-toilet-paper debate still “rolls” on! More comments are welcome. -- Heloise


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