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Most of us have had the experience of buying something online and it not being exactly what we expected when we receive it. Riley Leight shared a story on Twitter about such an incident after buying a fern described as “large” only to later find out that “large” was an understatement.
“i bought a fern that was simply described as ‘large’ and i did not know what the f*ck i was getting myself into,” Leight wrote on Twitter.
i bought a fern that was simply described as “large” and i did not know what the fuck i was getting myself into pic.twitter.com/91TdduRzCF— riley (@RileyRLeight) January 12, 2020
The tweet also included a photo of the gigantic fern, which completely fills the trunk of a car and could be better described as a mini tree. Leight continued describing the shock of buying the monstrously big, $40 fern.
“no matter where we put it it looks menacingly gigantic,” Leight wrote.
no matter where we put it it looks menacingly gigantic pic.twitter.com/jdwQLytGiZ— riley (@RileyRLeight) January 12, 2020
People loved the hilarious story and were quick to ask the important questions–like what’s the fern’s name, and would Leight put googly eyes on it?
ok FAQ: it was grown indoors. they sold it to me because they needed the space. yes i know you can split them. most of the advice people are giving is wrong so please stop giving it. no i will not name it, put googly eyes on it, or continue moving it around my house— riley (@RileyRLeight) January 13, 2020
Twitter users took matters into their own hands after Leight announced that the fern would not have googly eyes.
Fixed it: pic.twitter.com/Un9KkDEGkA— Carly Palmour (@CarlyPalmour) January 12, 2020
Leight’s Twitter thread also prompted a weird subset of tweets, in which people shared similar stories about big plants.
“Wait, I did the same thing with some local freebox hostas! They were…bigger than expected,” Twitter user @kittylongmuto wrote.
Wait, I did the same thing with some local freebox hostas! They were...bigger than expected. pic.twitter.com/Bw97V7YWmv— Kitty Long Muto (@kittylongmuto) January 13, 2020
We also have a giant fern! This is Gus-Gus the asparagus fern. They have to come inside in the winter, and weren’t getting enough light so we had to build them a cage for grow lights. (We’ve added two more since this picture) pic.twitter.com/3Effd2ecB4— pentatonicpenguin (@hornguin) January 12, 2020
I got this giant begonia from a buy nothing group and it’s only gotten bigger pic.twitter.com/7d2ycI256h— holgate. (@bmmrcty) January 13, 2020
Whether or not they have names and googly eyes, we’re happy all these big plants have good homes.
Sierra Juarez is a freelance journalist and fact-checker based in Mexico. She most enjoys writing about human rights and politics and working in audience engagement. Her work has appeared in the Texas Tribune, the Austin American–Statesman, and the San Antonio Current.