outside or the inside. This week, a writer named Owen Williams dug up the original 1891 patent by New York businessman, Seth
Wheeler for perforated paper. It shows the end of a toilet paper roll should be on the outside or in the "over" position.
Williams shared the discovery Monday on Twitter. The original 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". So now you know.