Is your house sending sexy signals to passersby? Suburban folklore says your outdoor decor and landscaping could be a sign that the folks who live inside are swingers.  Here are six things to look for when you’re strolling through the neighborhood… or six things to buy if you’re a proud partner-swapper.

Pineapple

For most folks raised in the South, the pineapple is a symbol of welcome, but the tropical fruit has a steamier side. Paul M. says he learned the truth when he moved into a subdivision in Waxhaw, NC. Some believe its only the mark of a swinger its a door knocker or if the pineapple is displayed upside down. There’s a neighborhood in Stallings, NC affectionately nicknamed “Swingamara” and pineapple keychains are allegedly a thing.

Garden Gnomes 

A nail tech with clients who live in the Sun City Carolina Lakes development claims there is lots of whispering about which neighbors have garden gnomes. Traditionally, the playful little figures with the pointy hats have been a whimsical way to add interest to your yard. Now that gnome peeking through the rose bushes could be telling a tale about the debauchery that happens behind closed doors.

Pampas Grass

Sales of the exotic plant dropped dramatically when pampas grass was linked to wife-swapping. However,  now that some social-media influencers are using it as a freak flag, thefts are on the rise. Police in England have been investigating garden thefts caused by pampas grass popularity.

White Landscaping Rocks

Some homeowners associations in South Charlotte have banned the use of white landscaping rocks. Is it because of the horny stigma? Meg B. says up in the Lake Norman/Huntersville area putting white landscaping rocks around your mailbox stand is an indicator that you might be into some group action.

Pink Flamingos

Homeowners have been putting plastic pink flamingos in their yards since the 1950s. Fast forward to the 2020s and the kitschy birds now lead some to speculate about the sexual activities of the the folks who occupy the house.

Five-Pointed Star

The rumors about the meaning of having a five-pointed star hanging on the outside of a house have become so prolific that Snopes, the fact checking website, looked into it. While Snopes says the giant metal barn stars are not swinger bat signals, there are a few realtors who caution home buyers and sellers about them.

If you have one of these symbols at your house should you expect potential lovers to come knocking at your door? There are websites, social media groups and even jewelry that would probably be a more effective way to recruit partners.