Doors vs. Wheels: What Side Are You On?


Clara Jolley

Doors vs. Wheels refers to a viral debate surfacing on social media about whether there are more doors or wheels in the world. The debate originated on Twitter and quickly spread to other platforms such as Tiktok. As this dispute grew, people joined either “Team Wheels” or “Team Doors” and were passionately finding scientific and mathematical support to prove their side of the debate.

In early March 2022, the question doors vs. wheels was asked on Twitter, and the community had a lot to say. With the winning vote being wheels earning 53.6 percent in the poll, many people on team doors were not happy with the 46.4 percent they had received. To prove that wheels had deserved its win, people started going into detail with specifics on the many different types of wheels. A Twitter user, FuriousLives, said “ Like a lever, a wheel works by rotating around a fulcrum; in this case, the axle. Cars, toys, fans and fishing reels all use wheels and axles. Door hinges are also an example of this device–the round part of the hinge is an elongated wheel. On interior doors, the side attached to the wall and the side attached to the door have multiple wheels that rotate around a common axle.” With this in mind, the people on “Team Doors” still tried to argue.

A lot of people on “Team Doors” used cars, bedrooms, etc as evidence that there are more doors in the world. A Twitter user JustinHubert claimed, “Four door cars and trucks nullify themselves. All ships have doors, no wheels. All buildings have doors, no wheels.” Though that may be true, what about the objects inside of these ships and buildings? What about 16-wheeler trucks?

This debate has grown much larger than just a Twitter poll, what are your thoughts? Are you “Team Wheels” or “Team Doors”.