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The curious world of mushrooms. And a dance group named after a mushroom?

Something to watch: Shadowland

Pilobolus performed an excerpt from of their 2009 show "Shadowland" on a German talk show. Pilobolus is a rebellious dance company. Since 1971, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and the power of connected bodies. For the curious: Pilobolus crystallinus is a phototropic (light loving) fungus. Commonly known as “Hat Thrower,” its spores accelerate 0–45 mph in the first millimeter of their flight and adhere to wherever they land. (4:17 running time)

Something to read: Mushroom Guide A-Z

Welcome to our Mushroom Guide A-Z. Over the past few years we have been photographing the species we have encountered on white backgrounds to help compare and contrast species as well as get a closer look at each one. The aim is to publish on here the majority of species one would encounter in a 'normal' fungi foraying year.

Something to discuss: Can a mushroom be ugly?

It is late summer, when crumbly dog turds appear along the sidewalk, these mushrooms are able to grow and form firm juicy fruitbodies. They are so firm, and have so much turgor that they can even push up the pavement and pop up in other unexpected places to shed their spores. They do not get points for beauty. Their ugliness was admired by all of us, but nobody wanted to be photographed with them...

Something to try: Mushroom Hunt

Turns out, you don’t need to trek miles through wooded forests to find high-quality, delectable mushrooms. You can simply make a run to your local grocery store. The indoor hunt for mushrooms can be its own exciting adventure. Use these tips to successfully forage for fungi in the produce aisle.

Something for middles: Happy Caps ($)

From Andrew "Kobo" Kobayashi and Andrew "Hatty" Hatfield: Happy Caps is a local urban mushroom farm in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We love to grow gourmet mushrooms and we want to give you the opportunity to enjoy this fun hobby. We sell the highest quality mushroom grow kits for you to try at home.

Something for littles (to listen to): The Children's Hour: Mushrooms

On this episode of The Children’s Hour we explore mushrooms with mycology educator and author, Peter McCoy. We’ll learn about how the fruits of fungi are the smallest parts of these incredible organisms, which can be found everywhere in nature from the tops of mountains to the bottom of the sea, and how they are a part of all living and dead creatures on Earth.

Something to geek out on: "They Broke my Mental Shackles"

(warning: discusses drug use) Lying on a bed in London’s Hammersmith hospital ingesting capsules of psilocybin, the active ingredient of magic mushrooms, Michael had little idea what would happen next.

“Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”
illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland drawn by John Tenniel