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How many scientists does it take…

June 19th, 2012 · 37 comments

Two unisex bathrooms; two crops of overly-educated office drones; one shared problem.

IT DOESN'T TAKE A BRAIN SURGENT TO CHANGE THE TOILET PAPER ROLL. SERIOUSLY... [Apparently, though, it takes a Scientist to spell Surgeon correctly.]

Women. Always something to complain about.

(Re: “You can do it with one hand!” Clearly, Natalie knows her audience.)

related: It’s not rocket science.

extra credit: “My dad is a bachelor and this is how he keeps his toilet paper…” [imgur]

FILED UNDER: battle of the sexes · Facebook · toilet paper

37 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Olivia

    Of course, what would we have to complain about if the toilet paper roll was changed properly? It’s the little things and I’m team Natalie. My own housemate leaves a little bit on the existing roll, pulls out a new one and leaves that on top of the vanity. There is no spring-loaded system. You simply pull the old roll off, put it in the bin provided and replace.

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Beatus Mongous

      In my home, the men change the rolls and the women do not. However, we always have an extra roll within reach, so no one is caught with their pants down and empty handed.

      …that didn’t read quite like I wanted it to…

      Jun 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #2   Chris

    If it’s so easy to change and it bothers her so much, why doesn’t Natalie put it on the roll herself? It’s obviously not bothering whoever isn’t putting it on the roll. I’d imagine that she probably also complains if the toilet seat is left up, when she can put it down just as easily as whoever left it up.

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   shwo! bang

      It’s not bothering the person who didn’t replace the roll because they’re a discourteous asshat. There’s a reason this is one of the little details in The Big Lebowski that illustrates just how lazy The Dude is. Because it is lazy. Really lazy. And discourteous.

      Can you tell this is a peeve of mine?

      Jun 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm   rating: 50  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Team Beasly

      I am the dudest dude that ever existed, but seriously, things like not changing the toilet paper or leaving the toilet open, these are very childish and slovenly behaviors that have no place in the life of an adult man.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm   rating: 69  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   weaselby

      Amen, shwo!!

      Jun 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   Jami

      If you’re the last to use it, you’re the one who’s suppose to replace it. Even five year olds know that.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 12:02 am   rating: 35  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   Poltergeist

      Yes, it’s lazy to not replace the toilet paper, but considering it certainly took more time for Natalie to make a lengthy Facebook post bitching about it than it did to simply roll her eyes and do the deed herself, I don’t feel very bad for her.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 12:21 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   looptiloo

      Why are we assuming that Natalie DIDN’T replace the roll before she made the Facebook post? I’d think that she replaced it, and THEN went to Facebook to vent about it.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 3:46 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #2.7   H for Toy

      I don’t know, Poltergeist. Depending on how fast she types, it might have taken her less time to type the post than to change the roll. I mean, everyone leaves Facebook up on their work computers for such a time as this, right?

      Jun 20, 2012 at 7:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #2.8   The Elf

      She can do both simultaneously if she’s really talented and likes to take her smart phone/computer to the bathroom with her.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 8:40 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #2.9   H for Toy

      Good point, Elf!

      Jun 20, 2012 at 9:16 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #2.10   Poltergeist

      Different people have different peeves. Natalie’s is replacing the toilet paper, mine is when people bitch about the incredibly trivial. I’ll stop while I’m ahead, though, since I don’t want to become my own pet peeve.

      Also, I’m surprised nobody has mentioned yet that neither person was willing to put in the effort to remove the wrapper from the second roll. “But it’ll protect it from the fecal mist!” my ass. They just didn’t feel like it. Hypocrisy in a PA note is a beautiful thing.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 11:55 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #3   weaselby

    And it takes an English student to know that you don’t capitalize “scientist” and “surgeon.” Unless you’re a German scientist paying homage to the Fatherland and its random capitalizations, of course.

    Jun 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Kate

      Ah, you saved me from having to say it! Thank you!

      Jun 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   yes

      Grammar. It’s only for English students.

      Jun 23, 2012 at 12:59 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   germangirl

      Random capitalization? Grammar. Not for English students.

      Jun 24, 2012 at 4:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #4   resonanteye

    Thanks for saying it, weaselby. It was driving me Nuts.

    Jun 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   squib

      Said the pirate with the steering wheel on his belt buckle.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 9:33 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #5   Polly

    Strangely – or not – this seems to be breaking down into three camps:

    1. Adult boys who thinks any minor task they don’t feel like doing is someone else’s responsibility.

    2. Women

    3. Adult men

    Jun 20, 2012 at 2:11 am   rating: 41  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   weaselby

      Hahahaha, yes!!!!!

      Jun 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #6   The Elf

    Wait, it’s not “churgeon”? Warhammer 40k, you have lied to me for the last time!

    Jun 20, 2012 at 6:39 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #7   Lil'

    And when you change the roll, please make it hang under. It rolls better that way. Thank you.

    Jun 20, 2012 at 7:38 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   H for Toy

      Yes! Let’s start this argument!

      I beg to differ. I hang it that way so my kids can only get a little at a time. When I hang it the coming over the top (also known as “the right way”), they can flush the entire roll down the toilet, because it rolls so nicely.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 7:48 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Thunder McKing

      Do whatever you want at home, but at work when the toilet paper is in one of those metal wall contraptions with two rolls on top of each other, under is the only way to go.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 9:16 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   H for Toy

      For those, I always preferred bottom roll over the top, top roll underneath. But the one pictured is side-by-side.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 9:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   The Elf

      I always preferred that the toilet paper be clean, amply supplied, within easy reach, and not particularly rough. Everything else is a bonus.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 10:00 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #7.5   deprogrammed

      Over – because the manufacturer wants you to see the pretty embossing.

      (seriously-do squeeze the Charmin-so the roll is slightly oval and no longer round – it will solve that “too much rolling off” problem)

      Jun 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #7.6   DaveGI

      This can depend on how the roll holder is set up.

      Before I re-did my bathroom I had one of the ones where it was recessed into the wall. The problem is that most TP manufacturers have been making their cardboard tubes bigger than they used to (less paper per roll but it doesn’t look smaller). So when I’d put a new roll on the spring-loaded bar it would sit on the bottom of the opening rather than hang from the bar.

      If I put the roll in with the paper over the top and then pulled on it, the roll would roll forward a bit and stop, causing a single square to come off. You’d either have to keep taking a square at a time or use your other hand to turn the roll. Once you took enough paper off it hung normally and the problem went away.

      But if you put the roll in so the paper came out the bottom, there was no problem pulling it out from under. So I did that to avoid the aggravation.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #7.7   Seanette

      I’ve found that the “under” placement helps prevent kittens from unrolling and demolishing the TP, but YMMV. :)

      Jun 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #7.8   redheadwglasses

      My preference is “over,” so when I get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, I have to merely reach over and bat at the roll to get TP. No wondering which direction it’ll be.

      In a household with kittens, “under” is the only acceptable way. b ut only after the kittens have had some fun with “over” a couple of times.

      Jun 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #8   Who passed out the Haterade?

    Team Can’t We All Just Get Along:

    At my workplace, we replace the old cardboard tubes on the roller AND leave one free… and the latter actually disappears more quickly than the former. It’s not as simple as “you’re lazy and I’m not” – not everyone prefers it on the roller.

    Jun 20, 2012 at 7:58 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Beatus Mongous

      It disappears faster because there’s someone at work that grabs the free roll and takes it home.

      Either that, or they just use the roll in its entirety to wipe their ass.

      Jun 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #9   Courteny

    Maybe the note maker really meant a brain surgent… it’s not like it’s not a word. In the case of, you don’t need a wealth of brain cells to change a toilet paper roll… maybe?

    Jun 20, 2012 at 9:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #10   CharlesMichaelWilliam

    If Nathalie always change the rolls and never complain about those who are to lazy to do it nothing will change.

    Jun 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #11   kermit

    The person who refuses to change the toilet paper roll is just refusing to get into the war about which way the toilet paper should face: in or out?

    Jun 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #12   Wrench

    “It takes three seconds and you can do it with one hand!”

    Sounds about right.

    Jun 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up


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