October 18, 2012

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Family Falls Ill From Backyard Mushrooms

Foraging is awesome—if you do it right

A Connecticut family found themselves in the hospital after accidentally ingesting some deadly foraged mushrooms. Last Thursday, Shah Noor picked a handful of mushrooms from the backyard and used them to make dinner for her family. Unfortunately, it turned out that the fungi were a species known as the “destroying angel,” which can be deadly if ingested.

The entire family was in Hartford’s St. Francis Hospital the next day. A combined IV-solution treatment cured Noor, her husband, Musarat Ullah, and one of their daughters, but their other daughter, Wafa Guloona, suffered liver damage.

Ullah said that it was common to pick wild mushrooms in Pakistan, from which the family emigrated. "Expert mushroom hunters and even mycologists make mistakes because they fall back on assumptions and make mistakes in identification," said mycologist Robert Marra. "Stories are legion of famous mycologists who have succumbed because they make little mistakes in identification."

Via Connecticut Now


Mark Cavendish races for Team Sky in the Tour of Britain.     Photo: cam40902/Flickr

Sky Riders Required to Sign Doping Pledge

Cavendish leaves for Omega

Pro cycling outfit Team Sky has told its riders and staff that they will be required to sign an agreement saying they have never doped, threatening to fire anyone who refuses. "Given what's happened in the last couple of weeks it's important that we sit down and take this seriously," said team boss Dave Brailsford. The pledge comes just days after the United States Anti-Doping Agency released over 1,000 pages of evidence outlining their case against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Mark Cavendish, the 2011 world champion sprinter and perennial contender for the Tour de France's green jersey, left Sky for Omega Pharma-Quick Step this week, reportedly out of frustration for having to set aside his own tour ambitions to support winner Bradley Wiggins.



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Lost Yachtsman Found by Air Canada Flight

Commercial flight was diverted to help search for missing boat

A lone yachtsman lost at sea was rescued 270 miles off the coast of northern Australian after being spotted by passengers on a commercial Air Canada flight. Glen Ey, 44, was on his way home from Pittwater two weeks ago when a storm knocked down the mast on his 37-foot yacht, leaving him stranded. The Boeing 777 was nearing the end of a 14-hour journey to Australia, when the pilots were contacted by the maritime authority to help search for the missing boat. After determining they had the necessary fuel, the plane dropped from 37,000 to 4,000 feet, where the passengers and crew began scanning the ocean for the lost yachtsman. A merchant vessel aided Ey until the New South Wales water police were able to pick him up late Wednesday.