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OfflineBlastrid
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Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story)
    #2945271 - 07/30/04 04:43 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

HAS THIS CIRCLE OF FUNGI BEEN CAUSED BY THE FAIRIES OR THE FAIRY RING FUNGUS?

10:30 - 29 July 2004
A Circle of mushrooms which has cropped up in a Lincolnshire garden is causing a conflict between the residents and the experts.

The ring of fungi has appeared on the lawn of Margaret and Marcus Hope's house, in Lancaster Drive, Scampton, near Lincoln.

The family believe the circle is caused by mystical fairies which have planted the mushrooms and are living among them.

But experts are disputing the claim and believe the ring is the result of the fairy ring mushroom - which naturally occurs in circular formations.

The chief supporter of the mystical fairy theory is the couple's daughter Lydia.

She said: "I think it's a fairy ring - the mushrooms have been positioned by the fairies and they live there. Of course, I cannot see the fairies because they are too small and shy."

Lydia (seven) spotted the mushrooms three days ago and there are now hundreds of small cream coloured fungi across the lawn.

She added: "I like the round circle but unfortunately some of my friends have trod on them.

"Once the mushrooms die I think the fairies will go into the countryside and live among the trees."

Since the original sighting, a further mushroom circle has appeared in the garden.

Mrs Hope said: "We have lived here two years and have never seen these mushrooms before.

"Suddenly there are two large circles of mushrooms lying next to each other - it looks like a pair of spectacles. We all like them, especially Lydia, they just seem like a lot of fun."

The family have said they will not be mowing their lawn for fear of destroying the fungi.

Mrs Hope added: "Lydia seems to think the fairies have created the circles and I agree with her.

"It's the first time we have seen them so it seems a plausible explanation."

But mushroom expert Ken Rowland (77), of Dene Close, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln, said there was a scientific explanation.

He said: "A spore from the fairy ring fungus has landed on their lawn and germinated.

"Each year the roots from the mushroom spread outward by 10cm, eating dead grass roots, and then another mushroom appears.

"This is what causes the circle - the fungi are not doing any harm to the lawn so do not need to be destroyed."

Last Wednesday the Echo reported on David Wells, from Branston, near Lincoln, who also discovered a circle in his garden.

He said: "I have no idea what has caused it, though somebody must have an explanation. It may be called a fairy circle but I don't believe in fairies - there must be a more logical explanation."


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Blastrid]
    #2945348 - 07/30/04 05:02 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Talk about news drought. The daughter had some cute theories though.


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Blastrid]
    #2945595 - 07/30/04 06:05 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

More background info on faery rings...

http://www.forteantimes.com/articles/141_faeryrings.shtml

Excerpt: "The perils of straying into a fairy ring terrified rural folk in 17th century England, as evidenced by an incident recorded by the antiquarian John Aubrey (1626?97). Writing in 1663, he tells us that his curate, Mr Hart, was out walking over the local downs one night when, as he approached a known fairy ring, he was surprised to see ?a quantity of pygmies, or very small people, dancing round and round, and singing and making all manner of small odd noises.? Seemingly paralysed, Mr Hart could only stand and observe until, eventually, the little folk observed him. They rushed towards him and surrounded him, causing him to fall over. On the ground, the small creatures swarmed all over him, pinching him and making tiny, rapid humming noises. Eventually, they withdrew and, when day broke, Hart discovered himself in the middle of the fairy ring. He was lucky. Fairylore is full of stories of careless trespassers whisked off to fairyland, returning the following day to find some 20 years have elapsed, or forced to dance in the circular revel until some faithful friend comes to the rescue."


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Blastrid]
    #2945628 - 07/30/04 06:14 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I saw two faerie rings this year near my land. Psyathrellas and Lepiotas


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Organic]
    #2946206 - 07/30/04 09:35 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Its from the myc speading out, the growth in the center is spent.


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Gr0wer]
    #2946350 - 07/30/04 10:38 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Wow i alwways thought it was where the spores landed....You need to write a book about your vast knowledge of mycology


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: OldSpice]
    #2946402 - 07/30/04 10:57 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

chill out man, there talking about when theres a ring of shrooms with none in the center. The spores first started growing in the center but then that soil gets spent and the patch grows out in a ring.


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Gr0wer]
    #2946545 - 07/30/04 11:33 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Now, now, folks. We?re here to celebrate the faeries! :laugh:

Just look at them. Don?t they look happy?



See that funny looking thing in the foreground? That?s a mushroom. They looked different in medieval times. I?m not sure who that is up in the tree.

PS: gr0wer is correct (at least, according to that article I linked to), but I like the faery explanation better. It?s more interesting...


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Gr0wer]
    #2946576 - 07/30/04 11:45 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I saw one in my field.


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: DEATH666]
    #2947344 - 07/31/04 04:07 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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Mr Hart, was out walking over the local downs one night when, as he approached a known fairy ring, he was surprised to see ?a quantity of pygmies, or very small people, dancing round and round, and singing and making all manner of small odd noises.? Seemingly paralysed, Mr Hart could only stand and observe until, eventually, the little folk observed him. They rushed towards him and surrounded him, causing him to fall over. On the ground, the small creatures swarmed all over him, pinching him and making tiny, rapid humming noises. Eventually, they withdrew and, when day broke, Hart discovered himself in the middle of the fairy ring




best thing ever said by any human being EVER!
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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Kingkole]
    #2947359 - 07/31/04 04:14 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Seriously, did he eat some of those shrooms or something?


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Blastrid]
    #2947423 - 07/31/04 05:06 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

LOLL>!!! Thinking about all those english men and women talking, in their accents, with the the whole pigmes dancing around the fire....  :grin:

:lol: :lol: :lol:


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Papaver]
    #2948315 - 07/31/04 01:49 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

See that funny looking thing in the foreground? That's a mushroom. They looked different in medieval times. I'm not sure who that is up in the tree.




I know who that is, up in the tree. I see faces like that in big leafy trees ALL the time after I eat mushrooms. He's the same guy who's face i can see in the wood floors at my old house. wierd things....


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Re: Crop circles? How bout Mushroom circles (news story) [Re: Madtowntripper]
    #2948322 - 07/31/04 01:51 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Hey, I know that guy. He sure gets around doesn't he? :laugh:


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