An elderly farmer in Yunnan province has made a discovery which has astonished netizens and scientists alike. On Sunday morning, the 80-year-old villager stumbled upon a massive clump of mushrooms in rural Tengchong county, some of which towered up as high as 83.5 centimeters off the ground. The whole thing weighs an estimated 50 kilograms.
Soon after the discovery was made, people from neighboring villages rushed over to behold this freak of nature. According to the South China Morning Post, it’s now being referred to as the “king of mushrooms” and villager are hoping to get its status enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records.
According to Guinness, the longest edible mushroom ever recorded is 59 centimeters long, grown by a Japanese research company.
A researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has confirmed that this monster is, in fact, edible. However, the villagers apparently have no plans for a big feast. They have even put up a fence around the thing to protect it from hungry visitors.
Back in 2012, villagers outside of Xi’an also believed that they had found a magic mushroom, which, in fact, turned out to be an artificial vagina, much to the surprise of one team of intrepid investigative journalists.
By Máté Mohos
[Images via CGTN / Sina]
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