Sunday, August 25, 2013

Science headline of the day

The hidden beauty dung fungus.

According to mycologist Bryce Kendrick’s book “The Fifth Kingdom”, P. tinctorius has been sometimes called “the ugliest fungus in the world”. I think that’s a bit unfair given its spectacular internal appearance and rather bland (although indisputably scatalogical) facade. I can think of several arguably more deserving fungi. He also notes that the puffballs can be used in “a hot-weather version of a snowball fight” . Which, in my opinion, may well be the nerdiest snowball fight in the world.

(headsup DaveBarry).

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