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A possible series that asks questions you almost surely never thought to ask. Often with a tad of research to spur you on to greater understand and enhance your curiosity.

Today: Why Is Toilet Paper (Rolls) The Width It Is?

Perhaps running out out the wrong time, most of us have, at one time or another, wished a roll was longer. But what about the width? Haven't you ever wished it was wider? More interestingly, why is it the width it is?

Now I don't look for the simple answer that it's sized to fit the various dispensers; many are built into the wall tile and they their options are limited. But, again, why this particular width?

Checking out the Wikipedia, I discovered it's been around, in some form or another, for over two thousand years and an industrial commodity in ancient China for most of that period. As for it's sizing, no . . . it's neither an illusion nor are our backside openings getting wider . . . it's been shrinking:
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Manufactured toilet paper sheet in the United States was sized 41/2" × 41/2".[12] Since 1999 the size of a sheet has been shrinking; Kimberly-Clark reduced the length of a sheet to 4.1".[13] Scott, in 2006, reduced the length of their product to 3.7". The width of sheets was later reduced giving a general sheet size of 3.7" long and 4.1" wide. Larger sizes remain available.


Even the patents drawings show a roll apparently of the current size - and are quite specific, by the way, that the paper should unwind over the top and NOT from underneath.
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