The idea started as a joke -- write a satire about the formation of the International Society of Card Carriers. After all, what is more a mark of modern life than the plastic and papers cards bulging in our wallets? It’s something most adult Americans have in common.

There are numerous credit cards, debit cards, health plan cards (sometimes one for dental, one for medical), health club cards, membership cards, cards to open the main doors to buildings, cards for individual offices, bus tickets, subway passes, many of them with magnetic stripes for swiping through a device to allow entry or record a purchase. Perhaps it’s a conspiracy by wallet manufacturers to ensure that their products wear out from the pressure of all the cards.

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