When you travel, there are some things you know, either because it’s public knowledge or you’ve been warned ahead of time, that you shouldn’t, or probably won’t want to wear. Revealing clothing in the Middle East. A parka in the tropics. You get the point.
But what if “the rules” aren’t particularly well known and no one tells you? You’re embarrassed. that’s what. And that’s exactly what happened to a couple from the Pacific Northwest.
A TikTok user named Linjeanw recently ‘fessed up that she and her husband were on vacation and “people were a little extra nice.” She couldn’t figure out why, until she discovered that the matching pineapple swimsuits she had bought for them was a “signal” that they were swingers.
Full disclosure here, as a non-swinger: I had NO IDEA this was a thing. Did you? But yeah, I did some research and apparently it is:
- “…his neighbors asked if him and his wife Lisa were swingers. When he asked them why they thought that, they replied saying the pineapple doormat made then think so. Apparently, a pineapple on your door is a way to let your neighbors know that you are a swinger.” (Elvis Duran/Iheart.com)
- On a cruise (and sometimes also on land) ‘pineapple’ is code for swinging or wife-swapping. If you see pineapple on a cruise ship door it means that the people in the cabin are up for meeting other couples for ‘adult fun’. (Cruise Mummy)
- Five subtle signs & symbols swingers use (Hedonism.com)
Some other signs of being a swinger are:
- A man or woman wearing a red ball cap
- White landscaping rocks in someone’s front yard
- Wearing a thumb ring
- Wearing a toe ring
- Switching the wedding ring to the right hand
- Yin-Yang tattoo
- Garden Gnomes
- Pink Flamingo
- Metal Star on the front of the house
So next time you’re on vacation, if you don’t want to be mistakes for swingers, keep the pineapple clothing (and red ball caps, thumb rings, toe rings, etc.) at home. Or bring ’em along if you’re into it. As long as everyone is an adult, in agreement and no one gets hurt.
I mean, live and let live, right?
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