Bathwater has been a buzz word on the tip of many content creators tongues in 2019. It started off with Belle Delphine’s Instagram post, where she started selling jars of her own bathwater for $30 a pop with her thirsty fans, and since then has inspired dozens of spinoffs.
The first reference to people getting thirsty for bathwater might predate this millenia though, as Jerma985 found out in his playthrough of point-and-click horror game Ripper.
Streaming the game on September 12, Jeremy reached a quest that involved him controller a character named Ace through a game of pick-up basketball.
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He was getting pounded by the AI on the court, but it was the off-the-court action that was getting more attention. After conceding another point, the game cut away to a guy approaching a girl, looking to spark up a conversation - but he used one hell of a pick-up line.
“Girl I’ll drink your bathwater.”
It’s not the most flattering statement, and it didn’t work whatsoever, with the girl in game walking away. Jerma was cackling in the background, a bit dumbstruck as to what had happened.
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Twitch chat instantly exploded with references to Belle Delphine and the gamer girl bathwater stunt too, with many saying how “topical” and “relevant” this random statement was.
What took most people by surprise those is how out of the blue the comment was. Ripper is a 1996 point-and-click horror game starting Christopher Walken as a voice actor. It is a play on the Jack the Ripper murders, being based in 2040’s Manhattan.
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Why it got to the point where there was a game of pickup basketball with some guy called Fingers with people dropping weird comments from the sidelines, no one really knows. It was unexpected, like most of this game, and the more Jerma played through the weirder it got.
It was one hell of a place to find what could be one of the earliest references to bathwater in gaming, 23 years before it went viral.
While Belle Delphine might have been a trendsetter with the number of parodies that spawned from her initial creation, the true origin of bathwater is well before her time.