Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Motel Toilet Paper - Why the "V"?

OK, so we have left the REALLY big question unanswered - until now!

Why do hotels and motels form a V in the toilet roll?

Well, dear readers the following post has taken many years of research.

This is seen in motels and hotels worldwide where the housekeeping staff will fold the first sheet of toilet paper into a triangle. The triangulated toilet paper informs the guest that the cleaning staff has been there and has finished cleaning the room.

It has been suggested that the toilet roll V is the ultimate symbol of bathroom class. Apparently the Queen always insists on it wherever a loo is graced with her presence

The origin of folding the first sheet of toilet paper into a triangle is unknown, however custom has spread to many accommodation places throughout the world.

Some suggest that this behavior is a form of meme.

What is a meme?

Wikipeadia describes this as "
a postulated unit or element of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, gets transmitted from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena."

So what was the answer again? Well....we simply don't know!

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