It is somehow comforting to know that people no longer rent pineapples.

@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. mentalfloss.com/article/65506/ )

@readsteven Things sure have changed. Every single one of our supermarkets would blow the mind of a person from the 17th century.

@erinbee @readsteven Yes. We're living in a world of miracles. When you read what people went through to get some spice trade going, it's astounding.

@erinbee @tsturm @readsteven to blow additional minds, you just haul a fuckin' 10-pound bag of white sugar on the counter

and watch every medieval mind go BUCK FUCKING WILD, and assume that you are absolutely some sort of royalty

@wigglytuffitout @erinbee @tsturm @readsteven i guess in the first world (and the usa) we kinda are, compared to infrastructure standards, etc. where a lot of this stuff comes from

@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.

@erinbee @tsturm @readsteven it's taken months but a chance retoot has made me realize that the true power move for people of the past is clear:

Pineapple upside down cake

@wigglytuffitout @erinbee @readsteven "What do you mean you don't return your rental pineapples? YOU MADE A CAKE?"

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