@tsturm Apparently they were so expensive and such a status symbol in the 17th and 18th centuries, that people would rent them to try to improve their social stature.
(At least according to this Mental Floss article. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/65506/super-luxe-history-pineapples-and-why-they-used-cost-8000 )
@wigglytuffitout @erinbee @tsturm @readsteven I remember reading some while ago about a group of people from, I believe, Papua New Guinea, that were brought to visit the UK. Everyone was worried about culture shock, but they handled things in stride until they were taken to an archery exhibition.
At which point they absolutely lost it at the concept of fletching, because that was actually relevant to them.
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