TikTok debunks the swinger sex trend

You will never look at this fruit the same way again.

TikToker unveil the juicy underground symbol that suggests couples are eager for erotic experimentation — and it appears completely harmless with no inside information.

Here’s the scoop: Randy travelers are pinning upside-down pineapple posters to their hotel and cruise ship cabin doors to let fellow vacationers know they’re ready to swing. Some even drop welcome mats!

The hashtag #UpsideDownPineapple racked up a whopping 138 million views on TikTok on Wednesday, with some clips claiming swingers even left an actual pineapple upside down in front of their Airbnb to indicate they love swapping partners.

“People’s sex drive tends to go off the charts during the holidays,” John Kamau, CEO of hookup app Cruise Ship Mingle, told The Post, saying he was shocked by the number of swinging couples who stand out for its, uh, pineapple-friendly service.

An upside down pineapple is a secret symbol used by swingers to indicate they are eager to swap partners.  TikTok users shared videos about the meaning behind the playful fruit as part of the #Swingtok craze.
An upside down pineapple is a secret symbol used by swingers to initiate a partner swap. The hashtag #UpsideDownPineapple has garnered 136 million views on TikTok — often paired with #SwingTok, which itself has 1.7 billion views.
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Randy travelers are said to be pinning upside-down pineapple posters to their hotel doors to let other vacationers know they're ready to swing.
Randy travelers are said to be pinning upside-down pineapple posters to their hotel doors to let other vacationers know they’re ready to swing.
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But while some lusty vacationers are brazen with their pineapple displays, other swingers are more subtle, pinning pineapple pins and earrings to their clothes to show off their status.

“Tell me you’re a swinger without telling me you’re a swinger,” one experimental TikTokker wrote below a viral video showing her turning her pineapple earring upside down.

It’s unclear how the upside-down fruit got it swinging. However, slang watchdogs noted that the symbol’s popularity “massively increased” in the 1990s in the partner swapping community, Men’s Health reported this week.

While there have long been other covert ways to identify swingers — like pampas grass and a person wearing a black ring on their right hand — inverted pineapples have become the symbol of the day thanks to TikTok.

With the ‘sex party’ summer of 2022 looming, the viral video platform has become a haven for sharing stories and information about unconventional kinks, with the hashtag #swingtok scoring a staggering 1.7 billion views.

The upside-down pineapple appears frequently in the #swingtok videos, further showing the symbol’s growing popularity.

Randy travelers are said to be pinning upside-down pineapple posters to their hotel doors to let other vacationers know they're ready to swing.
Swingers at home! A man arrived at an Airbnb to find that the property was owned by someone who signaled they were willing to swap partners.
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Upside down pineapples are often seen on cruise ship cabin doors, according to popular travel tips website Cruise Mummy.

“When you see pineapples on the door of a cruise ship, it means people in the cabin are ready to meet other couples for ‘adult fun,'” wrote an anonymous tipster on the website.

Cruise ships have long been a place for sexual experimentation, experts say, with some intrepid travelers encouraged by the fact that it’s a far cry from home and off the mainland.

“Most people on a cruise are total strangers…they’re willing to push their limits and do what they wouldn’t otherwise do in their corner of the woods,” Cruise Ship Mingle’s Kamau told The Post.

"Most people on a cruise are complete strangers...they are willing to push their limits and do what they otherwise wouldn't do in their neck of the woods," Kamau from the Mingle cruise ship opposite The Post.
“Most people on a cruise are total strangers…they’re willing to push their limits and do what they wouldn’t otherwise do in their corner of the woods,” Cruise Ship Mingle’s Kamau told The Post.
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Kamau added that he has been on more than a dozen cruises in the last four years and has noticed a significant increase in the number of upside down pineapples stuck to cabin doors.

Some cruises have even jumped on the trend, with Cruise Mummy reporting that P&O Cruises’ new ship Iona is offering a drink that is comes in a cup shaped like an upside down pineapple.

But not only cruise ships have become hot spots for swingers.

Sexual wellness retreats that encourage erotic experimentation are booming around the world. Some luxury resorts have even started offering services like “orgy workshops,” according to Vice.

“Sex retreats are getting a lot more sophisticated now in the sense that they’re not necessarily sex dens — they’re actually very beautiful resorts,” sex and relationship coach Colin Richards told the outlet.

“Sure, they might have a little dungeon in the corner, but when you’re sitting by the pool it feels like any other resort,” he added. “Except maybe a sign or two telling people not to engage in penetrative sex in the water.”

Wellness tourism in general — which also includes sexy spa retreats and yoga workshops — will bring in a whopping $817 billion this year, according to a report by the Global Wellness Institute.

And the field will continue to grow, with the business projected to bring in $1.3 trillion in 2025.

Sexual wellbeing will be a key component of the field, and sex therapist Marissa Nelson says the holidays will only get hotter with TikTok helping break taboos.

“All of our travel data is that people are moving away from stereotypical luxury vacations and are instead interested in experiences,” she told Vice.

All indications are that upside-down pineapples will continue to grow in popularity over the coming months and years, meaning you’ll likely spot the cheeky symbol at some point during your next vacation.

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