Dumbing Down The Taxonomy System: New Fungus Discovered, Named After Spongebob

June 17, 2011


Pfft -- do those pants LOOK square to you?

A new mushroom that "lives in the rain forest, under a tree" *puts gun in mouth* was recently discovered in Borneo and scientists have decided to name it after Spongebob Squarepants because of its similarity to the perpetually high sea-sponge. I dunno, I would have named it LOOOOOOOOFAH.

Shaped like a sea sponge, the bright orange (and sometimes purple) mushroom, Spongiforma squarepantsii, was discovered in the forests of Sarawak, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo in 2010, and just described in May in the journal Mycologia.

"It's just like a sponge with these big hollow holes," Desjardin said. "When it's wet and moist and fresh, you can wring water out of it and it will spring back to its original size. Most mushrooms don't do that."

Oh yeah? Well most rocks don't do that either, SO THERE. No word if the new shroom is psychedelic, but I am ready and willing to lather one in peanut butter to find out. "Shhhh -- don't tell him it's poisonous." I HEARD THAT -- ya'll are a bunch of @$$holes!

Meet SpongeBob Mushroom, a Funky New Fungus [livescience]

Thanks to Olivia, who knows a girl who named a dog 'cat' and gave it a complex. That's f***ed up.

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