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2004-02-27 12:47:57 AM  
It's NOT a tooomah!
2004-02-27 12:57:07 AM  
Man, where am I gonna find a pizza big enough for them things?
2004-02-27 01:28:48 AM  
"Stoners everyone rejoice"
2004-02-27 01:30:01 AM it were..

/try to remember preview...
2004-02-27 02:09:39 AM  
New Zealand? I thought Glen Nevis Station was in Scotland?
Either way, those shrooms are unbelievable.
2004-02-27 02:41:18 AM  
I've eaten mushrooms the size of a basketball

portobello (I can't spello)
2004-02-27 04:49:16 AM  
Will eating one make me grow to twice my original size?

/play too much NES
2004-02-27 05:19:24 AM  
Is it just me or does it look like there's an albino turtle humping a giant mushroom?
2004-02-27 05:35:47 AM  
Hell, if you think the mushrooms are big, you should see the size of their large pizzas!
2004-02-27 05:37:10 AM  
Does Arbyfish know about this?
2004-02-27 05:38:43 AM  
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Mushroom Kingdom!

2004-02-27 05:47:16 AM  
Why is all the sudden I keep thinking of the Song by Jefferson Airplane,White Rabbit
2004-02-27 05:50:04 AM  
Magic mushrooms grow at my old high school. Everybody knows where to find them, except for apparently the staff.

I'm a New Zealander too.
2004-02-27 05:50:36 AM  
When i was a kid and spent a lot of time at my cousin's ranch near San Simeon, California, we used to pick the rust-colored puffballs out of the pasture and throw them onto nearby Highway 1. They're full of a very fine dark red powder that would spread across the road and get picked up in the draft of cars as they sped by. It looked a giant cloud of brown smoke in the driver's rear view mirror and we'd laugh our asses off as they braked to a quick halt and got out scratching their heads and tried to figure out what was wrong with their car. A few years later, we found the really good 'shrooms that grew under the oak trees and made the fantastic California coast even prettier.

/50 years old now, but still a delinquent
2004-02-27 05:54:27 AM  
*sigh* Big mushrooms. Big mushrooms? Is that it? Is there something else to this story, perhaps a page 2 I'm missing?
2004-02-27 05:54:49 AM  
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2004-02-27 05:55:19 AM  
Kick it! For farks sake, kick it! I want to see someone kick it!
2004-02-27 05:56:08 AM  
In other news, badgers the size of elephants are popping up all over the place!
2004-02-27 05:56:31 AM  
If people would RTFA they would realise that these puff shrooms are quite common - they grow pretty much in any temperate climate. The story is about how they are growing at the wrong time of year.

2004-02-27 05:57:30 AM  
Those puffballs could feed a family for a week!
2004-02-27 05:58:15 AM  
haha apparently they're the size of netballs, not basketballs.. ahh netball, what a game
2004-02-27 06:04:16 AM  
Meh. Let me know when a guy starts growing basketballs the size of mushrooms.

/got nothin'
2004-02-27 06:05:06 AM  
Puffballs are also to be found at this time but the size of this year's specimens is surprising the most blase of fungi observers.

No, Jay_Tea it's the size that's the story.

Have you ever seen a puffball bigger than a softball? I certainly haven't.
2004-02-27 06:05:56 AM  
Jay-Tea If people would RTFA they would realise that these puff shrooms are quite common - they grow pretty much in any temperate climate. The story is about how they are growing at the wrong time of year.

This is the right time of year in the antipodes. The 'shrooms featured in the article were found in rotting hay, which generates quite a bit of heat (hay can spontaneously combust as it rots). That add'l heat likely served as kicker to really boost the growth.

/old farmer and 'shroom afficianado
2004-02-27 06:09:57 AM  
Seeing as how the mushroom is the sex organ of the fungus...... just wow...

/going back into my corner after sickening myself
2004-02-27 06:12:14 AM  
The giant puffball is a whitish, Styrofoam-like globe as small as a softball or as large as a beach ball, with short, root-like mycelial (fungal) fibers connecting it to the ground.

Site about Puffballs

2004-02-27 06:12:51 AM  
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Soon to be a big retro-hit in New Zealand

2004-02-27 06:20:59 AM  
I for one welcome our new halucinaion-inducing overlords.
2004-02-27 06:25:37 AM  
Farmer Maggot will be envious.

Oh, wait, I'm posting on Fark. I meant: boobies IT'S A TRAP HILARITY ENSUES.

/if you think Fark is a popularity contest, YOU'VE ALREADY WON!
2004-02-27 06:29:49 AM  
Uhm....puffballs aren't shrooms. They're big alright but then again puffballs usually are.
2004-02-27 06:33:27 AM  
they're not really the size of basketballs, it just looks like it to all the hobbits that got left behind by the film crews
2004-02-27 06:42:31 AM  
I bet your lymph nodes are the size of cats!
2004-02-27 06:50:46 AM  
We pick them larger than basketballs every fall. Sliced about an inch thick, sauteed in butter, fresh garlic and kosher salt. Regrettably the only actual food value is the garlic, butter and salt, but they taste great.

The added advantage is once they get about the size of a baseball there is nothing else that looks like it. You can't accidentally get something poisonous.
2004-02-27 06:56:11 AM  
For the love of God don't kick it!

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2004-02-27 06:57:30 AM  

So it's like a giant loaf of pseudo-bread with no nutritional value?

At least the fact that they can't be mistaken for poisonous fungi is a relief. I did a report on them once. Those things can be nasty. No cure for virtually all types of poisoning and they can leave you in agony for days before killing you.
2004-02-27 07:05:43 AM  

What's agony to some might prove to be days of fun for others
2004-02-27 07:07:35 AM  
Fark it

Sid_6.7 I mean
2004-02-27 07:15:13 AM  

ref sid_6.7 comment. "days of agony" Whatever turns your crank. Having been a casual viewer of the "Al Gore's Internet" (patent pending) there are stranger things out there.
2004-02-27 07:16:32 AM  

Regrets, must refresh more often.
2004-02-27 07:39:37 AM  
Quit messing with our mushrooms!
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2004-02-27 07:54:47 AM  
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2004-02-27 08:10:56 AM  
those also grow in minnesota. Every so often we'd see puffballs that size.

we used to kick them around when I was a kid. They are all spongy and white when they aren't "ripe" but after a while, they turn to the color and consistency of a paper bag filled with sage dust. if you step on it, or hit another kid with it, it will explode in a cloud of green smoke (yes, both the puffball and the kid).
2004-02-27 08:19:44 AM  
Hobbits rejoice.
2004-02-27 08:30:40 AM  
I bought some "black fungus" a few times so I could make hot and sour soup properly. You get a bag of this dried black fungus. The directions say let it sit in water overnight in a bowl then use in recipe.

The stuff is bizarre. I took what I thought was a little chunk, maybe four inches square. I placed it in a bowl of water and went to sleep. The next day I opened my refrigerator and there was this GIANT BLACK CREATURE that had taken over the whole damned refrigerator. I literally freaked and slammed the door before it escaped. After a bit I observed the creature and, noticing it wasn't moving, decided to slaughter it for soup. Good stuff. Used to it now, not so scary, but still startling to see it rehydrate and expand exponentially.
2004-02-27 08:36:43 AM  
That's a coincidence, because I'm a New Zealander who has balls the size of baskets of mushrooms.
2004-02-27 08:39:46 AM  
Bad_CRC they also giant puffballs the same size in Ontario if you pick them before they start to turn a pale yellow you can eat them. (When they are white they're solid all the way through)

To cook them slice the puffball into 1/4" slices and place into a pan with butter at medium heat. They taste great!

/know what your picking before you eat anything that grows wild.
2004-02-27 08:53:50 AM  
They sell those mushrooms at Wild Oats (Columbus, OH).

I'm too frightened to eat them. I'll stick with the portobello.
2004-02-27 09:22:16 AM  
Do not taunt Happy Fun PuffBall.
2004-02-27 09:22:25 AM  
What the fark is a "netball"? I'd do a GIS for it, but I'm afraid of what I may see.
2004-02-27 09:38:12 AM  
New Zealand soil is insane. We had an herb garden a few years ago in which the oregano became so prolific, it swamped all the other herbs, despite efforts to cut it back, spread under the fence into our neighbors yard and began devouring their plants as well.

Damned Oregano.
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