Today, you are a member of… Pteridomania (or something of that ilk)

fernThe Victorian Age has so much to offer us, members. Those weirdos, with their gargantuan inner conflicts and Dickensian disparities couldn’t help but develop the most bizarre interests. Take Pteridomania – a wildly enthusiastic love of ferns inspiring collectors from across all social classes to go a-hunting for that seedless, flowerless botanical wonder. Fern motifs were rife and fern societies sprun up everywhere. There even was a special enclosure called a Wardian Case, invented so all that coal and sulfur wouldn’t kill your killer collection. This week a bit of pteridomania awaits ye members, so make like a Victorian. Get dainty, get contradictory, and build an empire of odd interests.

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