I heard a rumor many years ago that, simply put, houses that have a decorative metal star on the front exterior, is a secret symbol that the home owners are swingers. If you don't know what a swinger is, it is a couple that like to REALLY party with other couples. It was one of those curiosities that I've always wanted to ask some of my neighbors. How do you approach that topic without coming off creepy? "Hey, I notice you have a tire tied to a rope hanging from a tree... is that the only thing that swings around here?"

Like all important mysteries of the universe, I turned to Google. I first learned that the metal decorative stars are called "Barnstars", "Amish Barn Stars", and "Pennsylvania Stars". The next thing I learned is that... No. The metal star is not a secret symbol for swingers. At least not universally.


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THE START OF THE METAL SWINGER STAR RUMOR

So where did the rumor start? According to Distractify.com, many things are rumored swinger symbols like pink flamingos, pampas grass, and pineapples. As far as the Metal Star being tied into the swinger lifestyle, it started in 2007 in a thread on the website Stripersonline.com. It seemed credible enough, and obviously the rumor has spread!

"My wife and I decide to start a rumor - the star means you are a swinger."
- Stripersonline.com User: fish-bum

WHAT DOES THE METAL STAR REALLY MEANS?

Allegedly, they came from German settlers in Pennsylvania in the mid 1700's. The immigrants were mainly made up of Amish, Mennonite, and Lutheran groups who brought with them symbols that would be placed on their barns. Over time, the star was the one that lasted. After the Civil War, the star became even more popular and led many to believe that it brought "good fortune."


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The More You Know!

So, now as you drive through town, and you see a family gathered outside and you see a metal sign hanging on the front of your house, there's no need to do a double take. Although you just might. You never know what goes on behind close doors.


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