Tasty but DEADLY.

/Tasty but DEADLY.

My hometown, Canberra, has exactly four claims to fame. The first three are XXX porn, fireworks, and politicians (and one of those was banned a few years back, I’ll let you take a guess which). The fourth is death cap mushrooms. We’ve even got a photo on the Wikipedia page!

Without bothering to look up the stats, I’d be willing to bet money on there being more death cap-related deaths on average per year in Canberra than homicides (though also probably a non-zero number of homicides by death cap). Which is why this Slate article on where death caps come from and, more importantly, what to do if someone accidentally eats one, is Relevant And Interesting.

P.S. Don’t eat death caps. Seriously. The name is a clue.

2014-05-18T05:33:31+00:0018th May, 2014|Tags: nature|