Let's not make this more complicated than it needs to be: there's a forum on Reddit called r/ShowerOrange, and it's dedicated to discussing the experience of eating an orange while in the shower. A lot of lurkers on the page or new visitors have tried to get active users to explain the page's existence in an attempt to understand what the draw to a shower orange is, but that's a lot like asking someone who believes in God to explain themselves to an atheist. Either you get it, or you don't.
Is it because oranges are messy, so the shower is a good place to not worry about getting sticky? Or is it a sexual thing? No! Do not try and rationalize this unbridled passion for the strange citrus situation! Let's just let be what it is: a very funny, very weird thing. Here are some of my favorite pictures and comments from the very strange world that is r/ShowerOrange. But first, the origin story, which was a response to the question, "What's something unconventional everyone should try out?":
Ok so this is going to sound real weird... but here it goes.
In 2005 at BeachBreak, Camp Darby Italy. On a club beyond youth trip my male councilor told me something I would never forget.
He said "PHOTON_BANDIT, would you like to know the most liberating, carnal, and best feel good thing you can ever experience is?"
Of course I said yes.
"Have you ever eaten a orange in the shower?"
"no... no i havent"
"Well just think about it PHOTON_BANDIT. Tearing apart a cold fresh orange with your bare hands, just letting the juices run over your body. Not worrying if your 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"
And from that day forward, I start my mornings with an orange in the shower.
When asked "why do y'all do this?" one user says that the answer to Shower Orange is right in front of you:
A Shower Orange for Valentine's Day:
A very tough question from user SpecialBusDriver:
Rule Number Two: No Grapefruit:
This new SO enthusiast says, "My roommate was right! 2017 is looking up!":
This person likes to eat the peel (and who am I to judge?):
The Shower Orange is the essence of life:
And there are plenty more Shower Orange posts where that came from. Men's Health even wrote an article about it. So, now that you have seen the ways of the Shower Orange the only question that remains is: how soon until you let yourself be free?