Thursday, 28 October 2010

Science is fun

Thank you msnbc for brightening up my evening. I like it when geeks get rude.

The phallic mushroom

 Herpetologist Robert Drewes at the California Academy of Sciences is reportedly thrilled to have a 2-inch-long, penis-shaped mushroom from the African island nation of Sao Tome and Principe named in his honor, Phallus drewesii.

"He wasn't offended by it," says Jameson. "I mean, wouldn't it be cool to have a new species named after you?"

Drewes initiated extensive biodiversity studies on Sao Tome and Principe and dedicated more than 30 years of his life to research in Africa. The shroom's discoverers said they named Phallus drewesii after Drewes because of that dedication.

How can you not smile?

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