Toilet paper crisis averted

Phew! The Fayes Video sign board once again brings us back from the brink of collapse. This time by solving the age-old question of how toilet paper hangs from its holder. There is a right way and a wrong way. And now we have the proof.

Thanks, Fayes. Specifically for the photo by Mike, of the drawing by Alfonso.

In the interest of disclosure, I worked at Fayes in the years leading up to and immediately following the turn of the century.

The greatness of the signboard previously appeared here, here and here.

12 Responses to “Toilet paper crisis averted”

  1. Jeff says:

    Yes x1,000

  2. manymachines says:

    Wildly incorrect.

  3. moderniste says:

    When you go to a hotel, they always fold the first sheet of TP into a little triangular point, requiring the roll to be in what Fayes describes as the “correct” position. And if those hotel maids don’t know what’s up, nobody does.

  4. X says:

    Manymachines, it is YOU who are wildly incorrect!

  5. delicate fleur says:

    This is a silly debate. It depends on the height of the user and the position at which the roll is mounted on the wall. If the user has to reach UP to grab the toilet paper, then under is correct, as this creates the least strain on the roll as it unfolds. If the user has to reach DOWN, then over is correct. Settled!

  6. mushmouth says:

    Also if you have cats or mischievous dogs the way they suggest is correct will often turn into an empty roll with a pile of TP on the floor. The other way is a fun spinny toy that just gets some claw marks in it.

  7. Greg says:

    Huh… What… Fuck off.

  8. Ethan says:


    I HAVE to fix this everytime the girlfriend changes rolls, DAMN!

  9. AttF says:

    but in the ‘incorrect’ position, you can use the roll as a tool to evenly tear the paper with one hand

    • Dom says:

      Exactly! Also, there’s that classic episode of the Simpsons where Bart & Lisa get taken by social workers to live with the Flanders. When describing the “squalid hellhole” of the near-abandoned Simpsons’ home, it’s officially noted that, “…toilet paper hung in improper overhand fashion…”


  10. SFKix says:

    Thank You!

  11. mango says:

    That’s interesting.