Apparently, just such a fungus was found in Oregon. I think its sort of awesome that little evidence for the size of this one organism is actually seen above ground. Although it all came from the same spore and is genetically identical throughout, the fungus is made of a bunch of tiny little mycelium webs that live underground, killing trees, and popping up mushroom caps. ____ More useless information: as I was researching this story, I found something in Wikipedia about Deep-Sea Gigantism, collosal species live in the depths of the oceans. And definitely don't miss trunko, a mysterious and as-yet unidentified water-borne species spotted off the coast of south africa. Cryptozoology.com, finally, is totally fucking odd.|W|P|113217287126296704|W|P|World's Largest|W|P|
The largest, possibly the heaviest, and maybe the oldest organism alive was at first thought to be a mycelium found in the forests of
Michigan, N. America. This giant is the mycelium of the parasitic fungus, Armillaria bulbosa (a form of Honey Fungus), which has sprung from a single spore and grows mainly underground.
It is now estimated to cover a minimum 40 acres (150,000 m²), making it 16.8 times the size of the pitch and surrounding grass of Wembley Stadium. Scientists have calculated its weight to be over 100 tonnes and it is at least 1,500 years old.
But since many different species of fungi with their own mycelia grow together in close proximity in any forest, how can one be certain that this giant is just one fungal mycelium and not a mass of several springing from several different spores falling from several different fruit-bodies all living in the same soil?
The answer is that we can now apply the latest genetic fingerprinting techniques to fungi (as we saw happening at David Conways' table at the Fungus 100 exhibition reviewed in our editorial). Sections of the DNA of any fungus may be taken from various sites and compared. If the same pattern is found in two samples it is virtually certain that they are from the same organism.
The tests made in
proved that all the samples taken over the 40 acres were genetically identical. However the Michigan fungus's reign as official Largest Organism in the World was short-lived. Hot on the heels of the announcement of their monster find came another from Michigan . This time the fungus in question was Armillaria ostoyae. Washington State
For about 20 years it had been suspected that the mycelium was an individual. And now, "When we heard about
Michigan" said Forest Health Department Manager, Ken Russell, "we said, we can't have the braggin' rights residing in when we’ve got a bigger fungus". They claimed that this relative of the Michigan fungus covered a mind-boggling 1500 acres and was between 400 and 1000 years old. However it was suspected in some quarters that Ken Russell might be pre-occupied with "braggin' rights" at the expense of scientific accuracy. Michigan
Nevertheless, the Journal Nature was alerted to the existence of the
Washington find and published a leading article entitled "The Great Fungus" which effectively fired the starting-gun on a search for an even bigger one. Fungus hunters were now said to be scouring Oregon. Oregon
Nice.|W|P|113165794068130063|W|P|You could never know too much about russia|W|P|
The events leading to Rasputin's death follow, in chronological order: The conspirators plotting his death arrived at Rasputin's home with cyanide-laced pastries, which Rasputin ate easily without dying, and while wearing a strange face. To this day it is unclear whether Rasputin realized what happened. When this failed, they shot him in the liver, and he fell on the floor, seemingly dead. After this, as the conspirators carried him to the nearby river Neva to dispose of his body, he suddenly began trying to free himself. They dropped him and shot him again, this time in the lung. At the same time, the British agent hiding in a bush shot Rasputin in the head. The Russian conspirators then dumped him in the river, through a hole in the ice. Though unsupported by fact, some believe he survived for a short period of time in the iced-over river. Another tale goes that when Rasputin's body was found and removed from the Neva, three days later, the rope he had been tied with had been cut and there was ice found under his fingernails, where he had attempted to claw his way out.
It is unclear why Rasputin survived potassium cyanide, if he indeed swallowed it. One possiblity is that he was a heavy drinker and thus suffered from achlorhydria (an absence of stomach acid, which is required to transform harmless potassium cyanide into lethal hydrogen cyanide). This would mean that the poison had no effect on him. Alternatively, the sugars in the wine and cakes may have inhibited the cyanide, or the chemical used may have been non-toxic, either deliberately or accidentally. Nonetheless, even with poison, bullets and bruises, there is evidence that Rasputin still managed to move about under the freezing ice water before finally dying. Alexandra had the body drawn from the river three days later and buried near Tsarskoe Selo. After the February Revolution a group of workers dug up his body and burned it in a nearby wood.
All three killers died much later from natural causes.
During this time, you feel most free to express yourself and to be yourself. Your primary drive is to do what you want and as much as possible to set your own priorities. You are not especially interested in dominating others, although you may be capable of it at this time, but you will vigorously oppose anyone who tries to prevent you from doing what you want to do. Your attitude toward your relationships is much lighter at this time, almost as if you saw your relationships as a stage upon which you can perform. At any rate, you favor more than usual the relationships that are fun. This is the time to be yourself, but it also is the time to become conscious of who you are. It is one thing to be yourself; it is another to know yourself. You can use this time for both.( Astro)In truth, I am especially interested in dominating others. I can't believe I read that shit every day, and even more that I read into it as if it were somehow applicable to my situation at all. Its not, but I looked at this one for some guidance after I received an e-mail about a job at the Cooper-Hewitt (Design Museum) that I had applied for a while back. Its open again and they want me to come in and talk to them about it again. Goddamn it. A little late on that front. Maybe I will go in for just a minute, anyway, though. Maybe I just will... In other news, I'm really excited about thursday night as per usual, but I wish becca were here to come along. |W|P|113156741216885632|W|P|Forecast|W|P|