TikTokers have been eagerly debating whether there are more wheels or doors in the world.
Though trivial, the debate has taken over the app, with the hashtags #doorsvswheels and #wheelsvsdoors getting about 127 million and 86 million views, respectively, as of Saturday.
According to Know Your Meme, the trend started on March 5 on Twitter when user Ryan Nixon (@NewYorkNixon) tweeted, “Me and my buddies are having the STUPID debate… And that’s what I’m here for.” Do you think there are more doors or wheels in the world?” Nixon included a poll with the tweet where viewers could vote for wheels or doors.
The final result of the Twitter poll included 223,347 votes, with 53.6% for wheels and 46.4% for doors. But the debate has continued on TikTok ever since.
Regardless of what team they’re on, TikTokers seem to agree that they’re right — and they’ll try to make their opinion on the matter appear as obvious fact. Team Wheels and Teams Doors proponents have pointed to both the obvious and the more obscure reasons for their positions.
A TikToker named Lexi (@lexi.cooperrr) shared her support for Team Wheels, pointing out objects like cars — obviously — in addition to shopping carts, Hotwheels toy cars, strollers, bicycles, and drawer wheels.
“Do people really think there are more doors than wheels????” the video’s screen caption read.
The answer to that question is yes, according to TikToker @w3tpoonani, who is a member of Team Doors. To emphasize their point, the TikToker featured images of bathroom cubicle doors, hotel doors, locker doors, community mailboxes, and more.
“Every suitcase in this hotel probably has 4 wheels and almost every hotel room has an office chair with 5 wheels,” one viewer commented on the video, pleading for Team Wheels.
In response, the creator wrote, “Okay, every hotel room has closet doors, shower doors, closet doors, minibar doors, and not every room has an office chair, so it cancels out.”
In other TikTok videos, some Team Wheels members pointed to Lego wheels, saying that the toymaker makes more than 300 million tires a year. Other Team Door members pointed to the number of skyscrapers around the world as evidence that there are more doors.
At press time, the Daily Dot hasn’t been able to independently confirm whether there are more doors or more wheels in the world.
H/T Professor Steffens’ students at the University of Missouri J-School
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*Initial publication: March 12, 2022 at 11:31 am CST
Cecilia Lenzen is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.
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