Couple’s ‘shocking’ bedtime swap
The Twittersphere is currently in meltdown after a couple was outed by their friend over their bizarre bedtime rule that has been described as "sinful" and "abominable".
Jeff Stein, a reporter at The Washington Post, took to Twitter this month to recount a distressing conversation he had with friends during a get together several months ago.
"A couple we are friends with said they don't sleep on the same side of the bed every night," Jeff revealed.
"As in, every night when they get into bed, they don't know who will sleep on which side. Still blows my mind."
Jeff said while it "seems like pure anarchy to me" he was also slightly intrigued by the idea.
"To overthrow the chains of convention, end every night by starting anew, and let all that is solid to melt into air," Jeff pondered.
He then confirmed that his couple friends had confirmed a few details he had left out of his initial tweet.
UPDATE: The man in the couple in question confirms via DM that they only have 1 nightstand. (However, he appropriately chides me for not fact-checking first.) He also says there is a window ledge on the other side w/ space for a water bottle, while the nightstand holds the phones— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) July 28, 2019
Regardless of the corrections, Jeff's bedtime story blew the lid off the internet, with people around the world completely taken aback by the idea of swapping sides of the bed with such gay abandon.
The post received more than 92K likes and 10.3K retweets, as people jumped in to express their absolute disgust in the couple's "sadistic" behaviour.
"If one of us accidentally falls asleep on the wrong side, we need to wake up and move," one man wrote.
"My god, we aren't animals."
Who the F do these people think they are? They think they fun and interesting because they change their sleeping side every night? Be boring and predictable like the rest of us and pick a side! pic.twitter.com/FLozvi95Tq— Keisha Portman - My Shitty Thoughts (@MyShtttyThought) July 28, 2019
Bold of you to admit you’re friends with serial killers publicly.— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) July 28, 2019
How can you be sure you'll have access to your chapstick? Your water? Your KLEENEX?!— Grace Pritchard Burson (@BursonGrace) July 28, 2019
People described the rule as complete "madness", saying they could never sleep without laying on their designated side of the bed.
Others said the "abominable" idea terrified them, and so did Jeff's friends.
These ppl scare me.— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) July 28, 2019
That just wrong— Rob Lowry (@lowryrf) July 29, 2019
I don’t generally like to accuse people of sinful behavior but...— Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) July 28, 2019
But others weren't as quick to shun Jeff's mates, explaining that they too lived by the law of bedtime freedom.
I'm shocked people are surprised by this?! My and my spouse change sides, and there is nothing to be scared of...— Ambient (@Ambient68905010) July 28, 2019
Just a few months ago, an Irish couple revealed they too sleep on different sides of the bed each night, which left people irate and utterly confused.
So what do Aussie couples think of this unusually relaxed bedtime rule?
Do you and your partner sleep on designated sides of the bed, or are you just as free and easy as these guys?
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