Few ‘swapper’ roost has Twitter users in disbelief

Steve O’rourke explained that he and his partner Amy had no fixed side of the bed, if they are changed regularly.

An Irish couple has sent the internet into a frenzy after the revelation of a bizarre swap arrangement, where they hang out in the bedroom.

Steve O’rourke, a writer from Dublin, took to Twitter over the weekend, after a conversation he had with a number of colleagues at work about what side of the bed each of them slept.

When you are asked, O’rourke explained that he and his partner Amy had no fixed side of the bed as they changed regularly, news that seemed to upset his colleagues greatly.


“We were just chatting in the work and apparently it is weird that Amy and I do not sleep on the same side of the bed every night,” O’rourke wrote on Twitter.

“Some nights I like to sleep near the window, some nights the door,” he added. “It’s not really that unusual, is it?”

Poor old O’rourke certainly got an answer, because the tweet generated thousands of comments from strangers, many of whom were incensed that the couple dared to cross the invisible bed border. There are even people who refused to believe O’rourke’s story really was, despite his constant assurance that he spoke the truth.

A hashtag is created to #prayforsteve, while others said that the news had caused them a great deal of the anxiety.

“I can’t deal. Too much complexity. I might need to leave Twitter,” one man wrote.


Undaunted, O’rourke ploughed on, explaining that the couple even has a set of rules when they are ready to switch.

He claimed that the couple sometimes could go days or weeks without changing … And when we do the swap, it is rarely discussed, only the one who goes to bed first decision.”

But O’rourke’s attempt to normalize the “swapper” lifestyle fell on deaf ears.

A man jumped on O’rourke, who claims that he sleeps “extreme f-ing weird, actually.”

“But why? Everyone keeps saying it’s weird, but no one has explained why,” O’rourke responded. “You don’t have a side of the sofa or a chair at the table.”

But another user, you would not be back, saying that having one side of the bed was the natural order of things, and not meddled with. Ever.

Others are concerned about the disastrous consequences of the departure of their own side of the bed, but O’rourke promised that “it is never a problem”.

A person even has a schedule, with the title “Various Bedroom Configurations and Bed Guidelines”, which detailed how they had swapped sides with their other half for almost 40 years.

Unused to all the attention, O’rourke expressed his surprise, the story had made waves across the world. “I’m used to on the other side of the byline,” O’rourke said. “As the father of a [5 years], who wake up at 6.15 am, 365 days of the year, but people get their sleep is cool with me.”

A lot of people were emancipated by O’rourke’s brave story, a joy they could finally speak openly about their secret side to exchange.

Others said that they were open to exploring the unknown terrain of the other side of the bed.

People have even been O’rourke’s experience in portrait expression.

In the end, O’rourke agreed to not with the rest of the world.

“Who knew people had such strong feelings on going to sleep,” he said.

Sweet dreams, Steve O’rourke.


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