Imleria badia, the bay bolete, is an edible, pored mushroom found in
Europe and North America, growing in coniferous or mixed woods on the
ground or on decaying tree stumps. Both the common and scientific names
refer to the bay-coloured cap, which is almost spherical in young
specimens before broadening and flattening out to 15 cm (6 in) or more
in diameter. On the cap's underside are small yellowish pores that
bruise dull blue-grey when injured. The smooth, cylindrical stalk,
measuring 4–9 cm (1.6–3.5 in) long by 1–2 cm (0.4–0.8 in)
thick, is coloured like the cap, but paler. Regarded as a choice edible
mushroom by some food writers, such as Antonio Carluccio, it is sold in
markets in Europe and central Mexico. The mushroom can bioaccumulate
mercury, cobalt, nickel and other metals; radioactive caesium levels
spiked in specimens collected in Europe following the 1986 Chernobyl
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imleria_badia>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Scottish surgeon James Braid observed a demonstration of animal
magnetism, which inspired him to study the subject he eventually called
Walt Disney's Fantasia, the first commercial film shown in
stereophonic sound, premiered at the Broadway Theatre in New York City.
The volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupted, causing a volcanic
mudslide that buried the town of Armero, Colombia, and killed
approximately 23,000 people.
Terrorist attacks in Paris perpetrated by the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant killed 130 people and injured 413 others.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (pathology) An aversion to water, as a symptom of rabies; the
disease of rabies itself.
2. (psychology, colloquial) A morbid fear of water; aquaphobia.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
To me you can wrap all of Judaism up in one sentence, and that
is, "Do not do unto others...". All I tried to do in my stories was show
that there's some innate goodness in the human condition. And there's
always going to be evil; we should always be fighting evil.