When I wrote this post the other night I was pretty drunk. I hate when I make mistakes like this, but it especially messes with my OCD when it’s done with something that can harm people. It is extremely easy to make an identification mistake with mushrooms and pick one and eat it and die. There are super-poisonous ones that look like beneficial ones. Eat one, and you will leak out of all the holes in your body and die. Awful stuff. So I have to make sure I correct this. I am no mushroom expert, and I called the part that is sometimes around the stem the “veil” by mistake. It is actually the ring or annulous. So don’t make a mistake with this and mis-identify a mushroom. This has been an OCD public service announcement. Thank you.
9/5/2012 EDIT: So I messed up and I confused the ring of the mushroom with the word veil for some reason. Most likely because I was pretty drunk when I wrote this post below. So please, see the correction here and replace the word veil below with “ring” or “annulus”. Mis-identifying a mushroom because you have your terminology screwed up could be deadly. There are lots of deadly ones that look like edible ones – and I would hate for someone to accidentally read this and make a mistake somewhere. Thanks.
So I was thinking about this: Mushrooms have this part of them toward the top, called the
veil ring. It’s this part:
This is an Amanita Muscaria. The thing is, mushroom clouds, from a nuclear disaster have a
veil ring. Now I know they named them that because they look like mushrooms, but down to the veil ring!?! I mean, check it out:
What I’ve been thinking is, the cloud actually is pointing us to the solution. There have been studies about mushrooms absorbing toxins in the environment – particularly radiation. Paul Stamets is a genius, and he is talking about it all the time and even has plans on how to spread mushrooms all over the Earth to fix the environment. I just think it’s crazy that the clouds themselves are like street signs to the answer.