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What is the correct way to use a toilet seat cover?

Whether you're a germaphobe or not, there is a right way and wrong way to put a toilet seat cover on your chosen throne. Some say the flap of the toilet-shaped oval goes at the front of the toilet and acts as a splatter-shield. Others argue the flap faces the back of the toilet so that the flush sucks the paper down with it. Which strategy is correct?

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The front is the logical place for the flap of your toilet seat cover. When you sit down to pee, splatter is almost inevitable. A front-facing flap prevents splatter from getting on you or the toilet. 

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Others are sure that the flap of the toilet seat cover goes in the back, beneath your butt. According to this camp, the flap should rest in the water for easy flushing.

The flap is simply a product of engineering after all–it's simply excess paper, serving no greater purpose than anchoring the cover to the toilet itself. 

If you were to put the flap in the front of the toilet and pee, your pee would ricochet off of said flap, splattering on you. According to some members of the Kidd Nation radio show, the flap goes "below the butt," "like a slide." 

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According to Mental Floss, the original patents for toilet seat covers make mention of a "front-facing flap." One patent in particular places the flap outside of the toilet, letting it hang over the front like a useless tongue. Although no one is arguing that this format is correct (and some question whether this scenario would pull the entire toilet seat cover off of the toilet before the user even sat down), this 1919 patent still places the flap at the front. 

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Perhaps everyone is forgetting how large that perforated flap actually is. It is quite the extensive backboard to direct your pee at, and if you've got a particularly strong stream going, you're either about to be covered in your own excrement, or you will burn a hole in the flap itself, causing what can only be unimaginable chaos when your pee splatters back and forth between the toilet bowl and the back of your front-facing flap. 

Surely, there will be casualties if such a monstrosity occurs. 

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