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Opinions on sleeping on dirty, yellowed pillows have divided the internet.


The discourse about "yellow pillows" exploded on X over the weekend, horrifying women across the platform and vindicating thousands of men who claim that they sleep better on dirty yellow pillows they've kept for ages.

Internet user Cam Thomson sparked the controversy when he posted a photo on X of a crumpled yellow pillow with corners that had darkened to almost brown, while some areas had turned white again.

The photo was taken from Getty Images, but he said that his girlfriend felt disgusted when she saw how dirty his own pillow had become. Nevertheless, he insisted that his fellow men could confirm why "this thing is magical."

"I can't help it that the pillow is yellow and gives me the most peaceful sleep," he wrote in response.

His post garnered 55,000 likes in less than 24 hours, prompting hundreds of responses and thousands of quotes, fueling the discussion on whether these pillows truly provide comfort or are just plain disgusting.

He told NBC News that he found the internet's reaction amusing and was surprised that people felt so strongly about the topic. According to him, the pillow had been his for many years, and he changed the pillowcase roughly once a year.

"For me, it's the most comfortable pillow and a sign of a beloved item," said Thomson, adding that his girlfriend pushed him to finally part with it. "I've hidden it away in storage. I don't think I'll be able to bring myself to throw it out."

The discourse also revealed a clear gender divide: mostly men claim an emotional attachment to their yellow pillows, while women question their ability to throw the pillows into the laundry.

"Some men... use the same pillow for 10 years and never wash it," a user replied to Thomson's post.

"I'm afraid this is my most manly trait," another user wrote. "It's what keeps the 'he' in my pronouns."

Pillows tend to yellow over time as moisture accumulates on their surface, likely due to sweat, oils, saliva, and wet hair. According to the Sleep Foundation, this can lead to the buildup of pore-clogging bacteria and allergens like dust and mold, which is why they recommend using protective pillowcases or higher-quality pillowcases to prevent discoloration.

In one popular response to the discussion, women are advised to leave if they see one of these pillows in a man's house, calling it "the biggest breakout of your life."

"I beg men to buy new pillows. I have never met a man who does NOT have at least one yellow pillow," another user wrote. "Even a pillowcase. A protective pillowcase. Please."

While Thomson's X post reignited the contentious debate, the "yellow pillow" discourse is nothing new on the internet.

Less than two months ago, an internet user turned to Reddit in search of a community of yellow pillow enthusiasts, but without much success. Under a July Reddit post by a user complaining about their father's refusal to replace his yellowed pillows, a commenter wrote, "You'll never understand the bond between a man and his yellow pillow."

On TikTok, women began mentioning this phenomenon over a year ago. Despite the playful outrage on the internet, this conversation has united men worldwide who take pride in their yellow pillows. So, as long as it's allowed, it seems that these old, flat pillows for emotional (and neck?) support are here to stay.