Comments on: Firefox That Glows http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows Travel across the world with Journey Idea Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:11:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 By: Enrique Crater http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows/comment-page-1#comment-26547 Enrique Crater Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:27:28 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3751#comment-26547 Wild mushroom enthusiasts like to remind more timid foragers that only six of the several thousand types of fungi on this continent are deadly. While this is essentially true, it's only part of the story. Let's not forget that there are also at least 70 species linked to "gastrointestinal irritation," which can be severe to fatal—18 known to contain the toxin muscarine, which can disrupt bodily functions, and 30 others that cause hallucinations ranging from distressing to outright dangerous. Add the fact that both the deadly few and the toxic many are widely distributed—and in many cases may bear at least superficial resemblance to certain edible species—and a fuller perspective begins to emerge. A little fear of fungi may not be such a bad thing, if it leads to safe and careful foraging. Wild mushroom enthusiasts like to remind more timid foragers that only six of the several thousand types of fungi on this continent are deadly. While this is essentially true, it’s only part of the story.

Let’s not forget that there are also at least 70 species linked to “gastrointestinal irritation,” which can be severe to fatal—18 known to contain the toxin muscarine, which can disrupt bodily functions, and 30 others that cause hallucinations ranging from distressing to outright dangerous.

Add the fact that both the deadly few and the toxic many are widely distributed—and in many cases may bear at least superficial resemblance to certain edible species—and a fuller perspective begins to emerge. A little fear of fungi may not be such a bad thing, if it leads to safe and careful foraging.

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By: Juliett Rochher http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows/comment-page-1#comment-26546 Juliett Rochher Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:25:25 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3751#comment-26546 Undoubtedly, the best way to break into mushroom hunting is to apprentice under a knowledgeable forager. But be careful in your choice of mentors. Most of the 10,000 to 15,000 cases of mushroom poisoning recorded each year in this country involve people who thought they knew their mushrooms. Trust as a guide only someone who has years of experience foraging the region, and even then, proceed carefully. Undoubtedly, the best way to break into mushroom hunting is to apprentice under a knowledgeable forager. But be careful in your choice of mentors. Most of the 10,000 to 15,000 cases of mushroom poisoning recorded each year in this country involve people who thought they knew their mushrooms. Trust as a guide only someone who has years of experience foraging the region, and even then, proceed carefully.

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By: Andrie Baxter http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows/comment-page-1#comment-26545 Andrie Baxter Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:24:42 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3751#comment-26545 Unless you are a skilled mycologist, it's also wise to avoid what are known as LBMs—little brown mushrooms—of which there are dozens of species found growing ubiquitously in a variety of moist habitats. These small fungi, which range from beige to bright brown to slightly gray, have button caps and thin stems, and are extremely difficult to identify with certainty. Many are toxic. Unless you are a skilled mycologist, it’s also wise to avoid what are known as LBMs—little brown mushrooms—of which there are dozens of species found growing ubiquitously in a variety of moist habitats. These small fungi, which range from beige to bright brown to slightly gray, have button caps and thin stems, and are extremely difficult to identify with certainty. Many are toxic.

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By: Bree Maxmueller http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows/comment-page-1#comment-26544 Bree Maxmueller Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:22:26 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3751#comment-26544 What evolutionary advantage would cause fungi to develop bioluminescence? Phosphorescence attracts night-flying insects that disperse spores, and it also attracts parasitic wasps that attack fungus gnats. He speculates that it may be a vestigial product of reactions that protected fungi from toxic concentrations of oxygen. Cool post :-) What evolutionary advantage would cause fungi to develop bioluminescence? Phosphorescence attracts night-flying insects that disperse spores, and it also attracts parasitic wasps that attack fungus gnats. He speculates that it may be a vestigial product of reactions that protected fungi from toxic concentrations of oxygen.

Cool post :-)

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By: Dork Dumpty http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows/comment-page-1#comment-26543 Dork Dumpty Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:18:33 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3751#comment-26543 Haha Romilla Clearwaters! I read somewhere,British mycologist John Ramsbottom reported that an American war correspondent on assignment in New Guinea began a letter to his wife, "Darling, I am writing to you tonight by the light of five mushrooms." Keep posting :-):-) Haha Romilla Clearwaters!

I read somewhere,British mycologist John Ramsbottom reported that an American war correspondent on assignment in New Guinea began a letter to his wife, “Darling, I am writing to you tonight by the light of five mushrooms.”

Keep posting :-) :-)

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By: Romilla Clearwaters http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows/comment-page-1#comment-26542 Romilla Clearwaters Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:15:11 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3751#comment-26542 In an episode of Lassie, which we used to watch when I was a kid, Timmy and Boomer hunt for foxfire so as to scare the girls into not kissing them at the Hallowe'en party! There was a time when bioluminescent fungi had greater currency than today. The time was World War II, and stories abound of GIs in the tropical jungles of Pacific islands using these mushrooms for a variety of unexpected purposes. Troops on patrol stuck them on weapons and helmets to avoid colliding with each other in the deeps of nighttime jungles. Thanks for the post :-) In an episode of Lassie, which we used to watch when I was a kid, Timmy and Boomer hunt for foxfire so as to scare the girls into not kissing them at the Hallowe’en party!

There was a time when bioluminescent fungi had greater currency than today. The time was World War II, and stories abound of GIs in the tropical jungles of Pacific islands using these mushrooms for a variety of unexpected purposes. Troops on patrol stuck them on weapons and helmets to avoid colliding with each other in the deeps of nighttime jungles.
Thanks for the post :-)

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By: Qwert Mcguire http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows/comment-page-1#comment-26541 Qwert Mcguire Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:05:33 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3751#comment-26541 I heard from my great grandfather that during World War I soldiers in the trenches placed touchwood on their helmets to keep from bumping into others in the dark. The Native American herbalist Keewaydinoquay relates that an Ahnishinaubeg shaman of her acquaintance positioned two glowing wooden pillars on either side of her doorway, much as suburban homeowners arrange lights on a front lawn. These ghostly lights scared visitors instead of attracting them, however, and the logs were soon dumped. What an interesting blog of yours! :-) I heard from my great grandfather that during World War I
soldiers in the trenches placed touchwood on their helmets to keep from bumping into others in the dark. The Native American herbalist Keewaydinoquay relates that an Ahnishinaubeg shaman of her acquaintance positioned two glowing wooden pillars on either side of her doorway, much as suburban homeowners arrange lights on a front lawn. These ghostly lights scared visitors instead of attracting them, however, and the logs were soon
dumped.
What an interesting blog of yours! :-)

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By: Rosemary Jones http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows/comment-page-1#comment-26539 Rosemary Jones Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:02:33 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3751#comment-26539 An interesting post!People from many parts of the world have found uses for these natural lanterns. The Swedish historian Olaus Magnus wrote in 1652 that people in the far north of Scandinavia would place pieces of rotten oak bark at intervals when venturing into the forest. They could then find their way back by following the light. Thanks for the information :-) An interesting post!People from many parts of the world have found uses for these natural lanterns. The Swedish historian Olaus Magnus wrote in 1652 that people in the far north of Scandinavia would place pieces of rotten oak bark at intervals when venturing into the forest. They could then find their way back by following the light.
Thanks for the information :-)

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By: Jessy Jackson http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows/comment-page-1#comment-26538 Jessy Jackson Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3751#comment-26538 The whole subject of bioluminescence is wanting for an explanation. Luminescent animals may conceivably use the light to find mates or food, but this can hardly be the reason mushrooms glow in the dark. Nice post! The whole subject of bioluminescence is wanting for an explanation.
Luminescent animals may conceivably use the light to find mates or food, but this can hardly be the reason mushrooms glow in the dark.

Nice post!

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By: Matthew Philips http://www.journeyidea.org/firefox-that-glows/comment-page-1#comment-26536 Matthew Philips Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:56:57 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3751#comment-26536 Haha Frootie Thomas! That's really incredible!Legends describing such eerie encounters can be found in ancient Greek, Roman, and Indian texts. It has even been suggested that this phenomenon may explain the biblical story of the bush that burned without being consumed, showing Moses the way to the Promised Land. It was pointed out by the British mycologist John Ramsbottom, however, that Moses was unlikely to have led the way at night, when the luminescence would be visible! Thanks for the post :-) Haha Frootie Thomas! That’s really incredible!Legends describing such eerie encounters can be found in ancient
Greek, Roman, and Indian texts. It has even been suggested that this phenomenon may explain the biblical story of the bush that burned without being consumed, showing Moses the way to the Promised Land. It was pointed out by the British mycologist John Ramsbottom, however, that Moses was unlikely to have led the way at night, when the luminescence would be visible!

Thanks for the post :-)

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