I had never really heard of them until I started working for DM, but when I went back home to Hawaii to visit, I was excitedly describing this crazy plant to my wife's parents, who are horticulturists. They were completely unimpressed. Oh, Monstera? Yawn.
Turns out it's crazy common all over Hawaii and I just never noticed. I even had aloha shirts with Monstera patterns and was completely clueless. That's what comes of spending your childhood in front of a computer.
So many things around us tell a story, but we seldom stop to listen, much as how I never appreciated vanilla until Alton Brown explained to me how incredibly exotic it is. How many people lived and died throughout history for the salt and pepper found on every table in America? What would my ancestors think of how cheap rice is?
But, I digress...