Fungi Ain’t Fungible

But fools are

MILAN (Reuters) – At least 18 mushroom-lovers have been killed in accidents while hunting for their favorite fungi in the mountains and forests of northern Italy.

Mountain rescuers say eager mushroom seekers are abandoning safety procedures as they don camouflage and hunt in darkness to protect coveted troves, la Repubblica newspaper reported on Sunday.

…Seventeen people have died in nine days — six in 48 hours alone — mostly from sliding off steep, damp slopes in the northern mountains, la Repubblica said in a story headlined “the massacre of the mushroom hunters.”

Steep, damp slopes are nothing to truffle with!

15 Responses to “Fungi Ain’t Fungible”

  1. Yojimbo says:

    Yet another slippery slope!

    /This post sponsored by the Darwin Marching and Chowder Society.

    //Since I don’t drink I thought I had better rush this post before, well, you know.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    It does make you wonder if they were trying for a group discount on the Darwin Awards, doesn’t it?

  3. JeffS says:

    Those ‘shroom hunters spore nothing in their quest for these edibles, huh?

  4. JeffS says:

    Alternate headline:

    “Mushroom hunter deaths mushrooming”

  5. JeffS says:

    Alternate headline:

    “Mushroom hunter accidents mushrooming”

  6. JeffS says:

    ‘Scuse the double post….the infamous “Ken Summers” filter didn’t spore me.

  7. mojo says:

    We here at the International Brotherhood of Nocturnal Mushroom Muddlers find no humor in this news.

  8. Rob says:

    Hope the bottom of those mountains had mush room.

  9. Michael Lonie says:

    So how many of them nibbled the wrong mushroom, to see at night if it was the one they wanted, then thought they could fly off the cliff once the hallucinogenic secondary metabilites kicked in?

  10. Yojimbo says:

    Not much to stem your fall when you go over a cliff I’m thinking.

  11. Laura says:

    And I thought it was bad that I nearly drowned several times frog gigging.

  12. Mr. Bingley says:

    There’s a sad morel to this story, though I doubt crimini charges will be filed.

  13. tree hugging sister says:

    I hope the perps had the shitaki out of them.

  14. tree hugging sister says:

    (Why I don’t eat mushrooms out da woods.)

  15. Yojimbo says:

    Maybe we need to push the button on this thread, or not.

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