My first roommate that I shared a bathroom with took me aside one day, exasperated, and told me I was putting toilet paper rolls back all wrong. I’d been flipping them under without even thinking about it, possibly because that’s what they do at my house. My family has always been a bit different (my father is an immigrant), so I figured I wasn’t doing it the American way or something.
The next year, I had a different roommate. After a few weeks of conscientiously making sure the toilet paper was flipped over when I put in a new roll, I noticed the toilet roll flipped under. So I asked my roommate about it, and she said not only had she been putting in rolls flipped under herself, but she’d been changing my rolls because I was *doing them wrong* and found it seriously annoying but didn’t want to bring it up with me.
The next two roommates I had, I brought up this question the first day because I figured this was something I didn’t care much about, but a lot of people have strong feelings about it. (Me, I’m just happy that the roll gets replaced at all!) They both thought I was crazy for even thinking about it. (And indeed, with them, sometimes the roll would be over, and sometimes under, almost at random.)
How about you? Is this something you have strong feelings about? Are there other kinds of habits like this where your way is the right way but other people do it wrong? (Squeezing toothpaste from the bottom is my hobby horse.)