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Face Off! FoxTrot vs. Far Side, The

This week’s face off pits two of the greatest comic strips of the recent era against one another: FoxTrot vs. The Far Side. Both very funny, both with loyal followings and a stellar run of success, but today only one can emerge victorious. The loser of course shall go down in ignominious defeat – relegated to the scrap heap of Comics shame – next to The Lockhorns, or Cathy.

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Friday Fungus! The Darker Side of Fungi

It’s that time again… let’s talk some fungi!

Today we’re going to talk about the darker side of fungi – namely shrooms that can kill you. For the love of Pete do not try to eat any of the things we mention from here on out.

There are a surprising amount of deadly shrooms out there. For today’s segment, we’re going to look at one in particular – the ol’ Lepiota brunneoincarnata, AKA, the “deadly dapperling.”

Now, for starters, when thinking about consuming a mushroom, a good rule of thumb is to make sure it does NOT have a nickname that sounds like a cheezy metal band. European Destroying Angel, East Asian Death Cap, Deadly Webcap, Yellow Clubbed Foot, Autumn Skullcap, Sulfur Tuft, Yellow Knight… clearly these are all mushrooms you should NOT eat.

Now, should you find yourself in a “European coniferous woodland” do NOT eat this mushroom, for you will surely die. The Deadly Dapperling will kill you very painfully via “liver toxicity,” which is another excellent name for a metal band but no way to go.

Deadly Dapperling photo via Wikipedia.

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Friday Fungus!

In an attempt to improve the image of yet another F word with unfair, negative connotations (tough to overcome athlete’s foot/jock itch commercials), occasionally on Fridays we take time out to celebrate the wild, wonderful world of fungi. By the time we’re done with this feature, you’ll amaze at dinner parties and make the ladies swoon with your flair for fungus.

“Haha you fool! Hen of the Woods! Obviously, it’s a Hexagonal-pored Polypore!”

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