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Wait, Why Is Tom Schwartz Eating an Orange in the Shower?

The Vanderpump Rules cast member put a viral food trend to the test “to see what all this hoopla is about.” 

By Abby Feiner
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Tom Schwartz recently tested a much-debated food theory. 

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Since at least 2015, the internet has been abuzz with a debate over claims that oranges taste better when eaten in the shower, and on January 8, the Vanderpump Rules cast member set out to find answers. Showing an orange placed in his shower, Tom wrote in the caption of an Instagram Story photo, “Gonna see what all this hoopla is about.” 

In 2015, a still-active subreddit was created for people to share their thoughts after trying the now-viral food trend. “Shower Orange. We are dedicated to the consumption of various citrus fruits whilst taking a shower,” reads the description. “I know, I know it sounds weird. Just give it a try. [A]nd post about your Experiences.” Millions of TikTok users are also giving it a go, using the popular hashtags “shower orange,” “orange shower,” and “orange shower challenge” to document their reactions. 

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In 2021, Kelly Ripa also set out to see if there was any truth behind the theory, and she wasn’t exactly impressed. “Shower oranges is all the rage,” she explained on an episode of Live! With Kelly and Ryan. “I did it last night… I was in there a long time trying to figure out, like, what is the point?”

“First I got the [peel] wet. I was like, ‘Am I smelling more orange?’ No,” she continued. “Then I was like, ‘Am I tasting better orange?’ No.” 

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