Shaunna Murphy
February 20, 2017 9:23 am
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Okay. So.

We just learned this morning that, in one very specific corner of the internet — so, a subreddit — eating “shower oranges” every day has been a thing for many, many months.

Discovered Sunday night by Buzzfeed reporter-slash non shower orange-eater (to our knowledge, anyway) Brad Esposito, r/ShowerOrange is a group dedicated to Redditors who know that eating an orange in the shower avoids a whole lot of juicy mess. Users post photos of themselves sucking down glorious citrus in the shower without fear of sticky hands or stained clothing, and comment on their experiences doing so.

It’s really effing weird, but it’s also kind of genius — and undoubtedly super delicious — when you really think about it. false

The subreddit currently boasts over 8,400 members, and there are strict rules in place. Posting photos with a grapefruit, for example, is a huge no-no, while “oranges, Clementines, tangerines, Blood Oranges are all acceptable.” Moderators also ban photos containing genitalia, and insist that posters treat their fellow orange enthusiasts with kindness and respect.

The whole thing began over a year ago, inspired by a popular comment in an Ask Reddit thread about unconventional activities everyone should try. One user, PHOTON_BANDIT, explained that a camp counselor once told him or her to try the orange thing…and they’ve been doing it every single morning since.

“Tearing apart a cold fresh orange with your bare hands, just letting the juices run over your body. Not worrying if your [sic] going to get sticky, or anything,” the commenter explained. “Just ripping it in half, and tearing into it with your teeth like a savage cannibal who hasnt eaten in a week! Yes PHOTON_BANDIT, this is the most carnal, ferocious, liberating thing a man can do.”

Members of r/ShowerOrange have enjoyed similar experiences. One claimed that the day he or she tried shower orange was the “first day of the rest of my life,” while another complained that they could “no longer enjoy eating oranges if its not in a hot shower.”

Mens Health got in on the shower orange trend, and now insist that “the sheer olfactory transport of a shower orange may be enough to momentarily paralyze you,” and that it’s “the most completely healthy mind-body-soul activity a person can indulge.”

…Which basically means that we’re headed to the grocery store right now to buy some oranges and try this ish out for ourselves. We’ll be late on the trend, sure, but if our hearts, souls, noses, and tastebuds are happy tomorrow morning, who cares? Shower orange sounds more than worth it.