Friday, August 7, 2009

Fungus Gets Fingered

CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – People can’t keep their hands off of one huge piece of fungus.

The Humungus Fungus Festival is growing a huge following for the town of Crystal Falls, Michigan, which celebrates the event’s 18th anniversary today (Aug. 7) through Sunday (Aug. 9).

The fest pays homage to Crystal Falls’ most famous resident, a 38-acre fungus that was discovered in town in 1988, with a mushroom cook-off, 10-foot mushroom pizza, and lots of other fungus fun.

Though spokesperson Mike Divine says the “novelty” of being home to the world’s largest fungus has worn off for locals, many tourists flock to town to catch a glimpse of the shroom and even try to steal a piece for themselves.

Divine explains, “Mushroom hunters want to go find it, but they are naturally disappointed when they see it’s mostly underground.”

Still, that hasn’t stopped a few diehard mushroom lovers from digging into the Earth to find the fungus.

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