Crumple or Fold your toilet paper?

Posted by: Legendary_Houp

Do you take the time to fold it up nice and neat before wiping, or just crumple and go for it?

  • Crumple

  • Fold

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Legendary_Houp says2015-04-29T08:51:17.0720916-05:00
The only benefit to folding is saving paper, I see no other benefit
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-29T09:16:06.8462916-05:00
Folding is also cleaner and more comfortable.
Legendary_Houp says2015-04-29T09:18:06.0845688-05:00
How is it cleaner? And I would argue that crumpling provides a larger cushion for wiping, because the air in between the folds acts as like a cushion.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-29T09:19:01.0602916-05:00
It is cleaner because you are less likely to get fecal matter on your hands.
Legendary_Houp says2015-04-29T09:21:04.0056916-05:00
I don't agree. Wouldn't it be more of a risk, because there is less of a barrier between you and the fecal matter? Folding it makes the toilet paper take up less space and therefore your hands would be closer to the danger zone.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-29T09:24:28.5138916-05:00
When you fold, the toilet paper is strong enough to prevent fecal matter from getting through, the barrier is sufficient. Also when you fold you have a much wider piece of paper, this means you are less likely to get stuff on the sides.
Legendary_Houp says2015-04-29T09:28:56.3321052-05:00
Ok, so then I would say that barrier-wise, they are the same, because I guess I will concede that the fold makes the toilet paper stronger. But that second point isn't necessarily true, you just have to crumple it wide enough or else use more toilet paper.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-29T09:32:09.1661774-05:00
Crumpling is less confortable. You get all those wrinkles and bumps and they just feel bad. A folded paper just feels smoother.
Legendary_Houp says2015-04-29T09:35:08.5485079-05:00
Crumpling also allows for better grip so that you don't accidentally lose your toilet paper up in those crevasses. I mean, maybe it is not as smooth and that makes it less comfortable, but I personally think that when you crumple, the cushion that it makes provides most of the comfort because it compacts whenever you wipe.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-29T09:37:15.5853058-05:00
Also when you just crumble, you will have gaps in protection and since it is basically a long string you don't have a good grip.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-29T09:38:56.4249986-05:00
What crumbling is basically like crumbling up a long string. If you have crumbled a long string before, you would notice you don't have much control when it gets bigger.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-29T09:41:39.5250896-05:00
Folding is much more controllable and smoother.
Legendary_Houp says2015-04-29T09:46:40.3905468-05:00
Hmm.... I dunno about that
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-29T09:47:44.1324458-05:00
Have you crumbled a string before?
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-29T09:49:42.8136458-05:00
If you did, you would notice it is really unstable in the middle.
Legendary_Houp says2015-04-29T09:55:10.3766850-05:00
No but I don't really have a string with me to test it lol. I dunno, I would think it would give you more grip because it creates kind of like handles in the folds.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-29T10:15:33.6819682-05:00
But you only get a grip on the folds you are touching, everything in the middle can move around, give way, etc.
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-04-29T11:22:20.6557390-05:00
I remember reading that the Romans used ropes to clean their bottoms, so they'd probably know. (I'm glad our ancestors invented toilet paper so we don't have to use sponges and ropes like you Westerners did. :P)

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