We all have different ways to indulge in self-care.
Some of us do face masks. Some people are happiest with a cup of hot chocolate while wrapped in a blanket. Some prefer doing some yoga out in the garden.
And, of course, there are those who enjoy eating oranges in the shower.
Tucked away on Reddit is a magical place where people are coming together to enjoy the act of eating an orange in the shower.
To be clear, this is not a delicate euphemism for having a shower wank, or any other sex act.
We’re talking about actually, literally, eating oranges in the shower. When the water is on.
This is a real thing that more than 8,000 people on Reddit are committed to doing.
Why? Well, for many reasons.
Chief among them is the promise of an orange-eating experience free of mess and stickiness. But it runs deeper than that, transforming from practicality into a way of achieving a higher state of being.
It all started a year ago, when one brave soul shared the joy of eating oranges in the shower as part of a thread about ‘unconventional things everyone will enjoy’.
‘Tearing apart a cold fresh orange with your bare hands, just letting the juices run over your body,’ wrote this mysterious orange-eater, recounting advice from a male counsellor at a camp.
‘Not worrying if [you’re] going to get sticky, or anything. 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’
From then on, a subreddit dedicated to shower oranges was born.
The rules are simple, but incredibly important. There’s no nudity allowed, no grapefruits (oranges, tangerines, satsumas, blood oranges, and clementines are all acceptable), and you must be kind to your fellow orange-showerers.
Essentially it’s all about the pleasure and joy of biting into an orange free of worries about mess and peel.
From what we can tell, you still have to gather up the peel and pile it on your soap shelf or hold it in your hand so you can clear up post-shower. But it still sounds vaguely euphoric.
We have tasked some of our top orange-eaters from the office with trying shower oranges for themselves tonight and tomorrow morning, and will update this story with their reviews when we hear back. We’re sure their lives will be forever changed.