I think I would prefer the ending, "... of wearing a roll of tissue on their head."
This may be wrong, but it's consistent. And consistency rules, in my book. You certainly wouldn't want to say "most people would prefer to have runny noses" -- or would you? I
I think it's a generalization (based on many people's views) on what ONE person would prefer. It is as if you had said, "Many people would say, 'I would prefer to have a runny nose ....' "
What do others think?
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