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If I eat these, will I die?

An amazing whole bed of these ‘shrooms sprung up over the weekend in one of the flower beds. They were lovely and fluffy and white at first and I’m pretty sure they’re some flavor of champignons.

They’re looking a little tired and not so appetizing now, but I’m still tempted. Color photos wouldn’t help; they’re just kind of grayish.

I have a book on identifying local fungi around here somewhere, but I’m not sure where and I’m lazy. Pls help, internet.

The British have a lovely saying that’s not nearly as rude as it sounds: “suck it and see.”


Deborah HH has won the deadpool with Richard Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders. You know what that means:

HERE. TOMORROW. SIX SHARP WBT. DEAD POOL ROUND 120.

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Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 10, 2019, 9:39 pm

Maybe this will help… and it’s relatively local:
The Simple Internet Guide to Toxic Mushrooms
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Avoid anything in the forest or in your yard labelled “Deadly Night Shade” because “deadly.”

 


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 10, 2019, 9:42 pm

“suck it and see”

And see what?

Orcs, Gryphons, assorted Plasticine porters, the Pearly Gates?

do the people who give you this advice like you at all?

“Oh dear, she’s passed over Jordan, run down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible.”
“Ah, that’ll be that bit of wisdom I gave her about the mushrooms then. Cheerio!”

 


Comment from Tonyc
Time: April 10, 2019, 10:15 pm

All mushrooms are edible,

At least once.

 


Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 10, 2019, 11:23 pm

If you can’t definitively identify them, I’d do a hard pass. Liver failure is a pretty miserable way to die.

 


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 10, 2019, 11:39 pm

If I eat these, will I die?

The answer is yes.

The odds you will die if you eat those mushrooms is 100%.

On the other hand, the odds you will die if you don’t eat them is
still 100%.

So, you got that going for you.

 


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 10, 2019, 11:59 pm

Stoaty—I think I won the Dead Pool, with Lt.Col. Richard Cole, the last of The Doolittle Raiders.

 


Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: April 11, 2019, 1:00 am

Sweas, I advise great caution.

Long ago when the world was new and I had not been wearing a badge long, I was credited with helping save a life.

One of the hospitals in suburban Denver is built into a hill and actually has a number of ground levels, with the ER entrance on what was the third floor.

The different levels of parking were a cluster. I encountered a family who were lost. The mother of the family was tripping her brains out. Said mother was a German national who had recently moved here with her American husband. Besides tripping, she was vomiting.

I got them to the ER, but first thought to grab a blanket she had puked on for the doctors to work with. The story turned out to be that in Germany, she was a mushroom hunter/collector and had eaten some mushrooms that she had found here that she thought were the same as some she knew from Germany.

Although they looked the same, they very definitely weren’t and she had poisoned herself. Due to blind luck, with the sample I brought in and the luck of having the person at the Poison Control Center having recently done his Masters thesis on that particular mushroom, they were able to save her.

Unless you have someone who is knowledgeable in the local fungi and who you trust implicitly; I would advise leaving the wild ones alone and stick to the grocery store varieties.

Subotai Bahadur

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 11, 2019, 12:34 pm

Deborah, that you have. I’ll make a notice to that effect.

 


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 11, 2019, 2:37 pm

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: April 11, 2019, 1:00 am

. . .

One of the hospitals in suburban Denver is built into a hill and actually has a number of ground levels, with the ER entrance on what was the third floor.
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Subotai, I lived in Denver for four years, and I think I remember that hospital . . . though I’m darned if I recall exactly where in town it was. The northwest portion, the Highland area, around 32nd Avenue, maybe?

 


Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: April 12, 2019, 7:10 pm

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 11, 2019, 2:37 pm

Now Swedish Medical Center, was Swedish Hospital. In Englewood off of Hampden between Logan and Corona. Now they have affiliates all over Metro Denver.

Subotai Bahadur

 

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