My wife and I were recently traveling and stayed at a hotel. It took me a while to notice, but I realized at some point that the bathroom had two different toilet paper rolls:
I imagined the hotel was anticipating severe digestive distress, foreseeing a time when you might need to grab for toilet paper with both hands. I shared this on Facebook and several other theories were put forth: one for over the roll people and one for the heretical under the roll people, individual toilet paper rolls for germaphobes, and so on.
I doubt any of these are the real explanation. It probably goes something more to realizing the original didn’t meet building codes and adding the new (closer one) without removing the old, choosing to stock both. Regardless, it made me think of my story “A Brief Account of the Great Toilet Paper War of 2012” from Not Quite so Stories, so I thought I’d share here.