Observations about the universe, life, Lausanne and me

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Amanita muscaria

or fly agaric, in German Fliegenpilz.

A potent hallucinogenic, but since the toxic content can vary by about an order of magnitude also a hazardous one.

Personally I am not into hallucinogenics - my natural crazy usually suffices. So despite appearances, I did not take a bite out of this one.

I always thought that it was called fly agaric because of the white spots, but it turns out that when soaked in milk said milk will attract and kill flies. It might also attract and kill hippies, which would be a shame because their numbers have been steadily declining since the late sixties.

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