Trend Watch: Why Your Facebook Friends' Statuses Are Fruity

By Rebecca Greenfield

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Have fruits been flooding your newsfeed? Want to know why?

Last year, Facebook newsfeeds everywhere were overrun with the rainbow as women posted their bra colors to raise awareness for breast cancer. This year, there's a similar movement to get ladies to post a secret code for their relationship status that will simultaneously keep men guessing and raise awareness.

An event created by Ida Boyd urges women to post exotic fruits, each one representing a different relationship status, on their walls. It also gives explicit instructions to keep men guessing: "DO NOT REPLY,JUST POST IN YOUR STATUS ON YOUR WALL TO CONFUSE THE GUYS." Sorry, Ida.

While it has over 200,000 attendees, we're not sure it has quite caught on like the bra movement. Not yet, anyway.

In any case, for those dying to know, here's the code:

Blueberry: I'm single
Pinapple: Its complicated
Raspberry: I'm a touch and go woman
Apple: Engaged
Cherry: In a relationship
Banana: I'm married
Avocado: I'm the "other one"
Strawberry: Cant find the right one
Lemon: Wish I was single
Grape: Wants to get married
Passion fruit: Widowed

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