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Spongiforma squarepantsii, OOT

by coldwarrior ( 52 Comments › )
Filed under OOT, Open thread at May 24th, 2012 - 11:00 pm

You know you are ‘BIG’ when you get a organism named after you.

From the darkest jungles of Borneo…

SpongeBob‘ Mushroom Discovered in the Forests of Borneo

ScienceDaily (June 15, 2011) — Sing it with us: What lives in the rainforest, under a tree? Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of mushroom almost as strange as its cartoon namesake.

Its discovery in the forests of Borneo, says San Francisco State University researcher Dennis Desjardin, suggests that even some of the most charismatic characters in the fungal kingdom are yet to be identified.

Shaped like a sea sponge, S. squarepantsii was found in 2010 in the Lambir Hills in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is bright orange — although it can turn purple when sprinkled with a strong chemical base — and smells “vaguely fruity or strongly musty,” according to Desjardin and colleagues’ description published in the journal Mycologia.

What cemented its moniker, however, was the fungus’ spongelike appearance and its ability to return to its original size after being squeezed.

When it’s wet and moist and fresh, you can wring water out of it and it will spring back to its original size,” explained Dennis Desjardin, a researcher at SFSU. “Most mushrooms don’t do that.”

Desjardin and his colleagues published their findings in a paper called “Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of gasteroid bolete from Borneo” that was published online in the journal Mycologia on May 10, 2011.

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52 Responses to “Spongiforma squarepantsii, OOT”
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  1. Mars
    1 | May 24, 2012 11:15 pm

    Ok, I’m not into fungus, but that one’s kind cool.


  2. rain of lead
    2 | May 24, 2012 11:52 pm

    heh
    ya’ll remember this guy from dod?

    http://theothermccain.com/2012/05/24/sources-fed-probe-of-anonymous-hackers-continue-lulzsec-case-could-yield-new-indictments-in-hbgary-case/

    That alleged international criminal network began to be dismantled by investigators within months of Texas journalist Barrett Brown emerged as a public spokesman for “Anonymous.” Last month, Brown’s apartment was raided by the FBI.

    Brown has not been charged with any crime, and many supporters of the “Anonymous” hacker network have expressed suspicion that Brown has been cooperating with law enforcement officials. Court documents in the “LulzSec” case indicate that prosecutors are relying on information obtained from unindicted co-conspirators.

    hahahahahahahahaha


  3. rain of lead
    3 | May 24, 2012 11:54 pm

    @ rain of lead:

    *blink**blink*

    Texas journalist Barrett Brown ?

    BWAHAHAHA!!!!!


  4. Bumr50
    4 | May 24, 2012 11:59 pm

    Hell, I would turn purple if “sprinkled with a strong chemical base”!


  5. Mars
    5 | May 25, 2012 12:07 am

    @ rain of lead:
    My favorite blast from the past when it comes to anonymous.

    6am, door busted down (NOT KIDDING), “FBI FBI FBI POLICE FBI GET YOUR ARMS UP AND DONT MOVE THEM. WALK DOWNSTAIRS RIGHT NOW. DO NOT MOVE YOUR HANDS.” — TWO *REAL* GUNS POINTED AT ME.

    me in 1 cop car, gf in other car.

    took 3.5 hrs, all electronic devices taken including 3 computers. said nearly nothing. finally left.

    The shock of the dumb SOB, REAL GUNS! Apparently destroying peoples lives, hurting business, and attacking national security isn’t supposed to have real world repercussions.


  6. 6 | May 25, 2012 12:17 am

    rain of lead wrote:

    and many supporters of the “Anonymous” hacker network have expressed suspicion that Brown has been cooperating with law enforcement officials.

    BWAHAHAH… And you all heard me make that suggestion here first… :lol: :lol: :lol: (Disclaimer: I am not a member of anonymous, nor am I a hacker, that one was just 1 mile high flashing neon sigh in the sky obvious)


  7. rain of lead
    7 | May 25, 2012 12:19 am

    @ doriangrey:

    who couldn’t see that coming, right?


  8. 8 | May 25, 2012 12:21 am

    rain of lead wrote:

    @ rain of lead:
    *blink**blink*
    Texas journalist Barrett Brown ?
    BWAHAHAHA!!!!!

    More like notorious Texas heroin addicted bi-sexual basement dwelling Marxist slacker… Oh…. wait, I guess he really could be a journalist, he’s got all the right qualifications. :shock:


  9. 9 | May 25, 2012 12:22 am

    rain of lead wrote:

    @ doriangrey:
    who couldn’t see that coming, right?

    ROTFLMAO… No kidding, a blind man could have seen it from 100 miles away… :lol: :lol: :lol:


  10. pat
    10 | May 25, 2012 1:22 am

    Are they better than Shiitake? That is what my mushroom is tonight. Try them on The Obesity Czar first. Mooch will decide.


  11. lobo91
    11 | May 25, 2012 1:27 am

    @ Mars:

    The real shock:

    me in 1 cop car, gf in other car.

    He had a girlfriend?


  12. AZfederalist
    12 | May 25, 2012 1:36 am

    lobo91 wrote:

    He had a girlfriend?

    Well, it really was a spare tire in the trunk of the other car.


  13. Guggi
    13 | May 25, 2012 2:07 am

    rain of lead wrote:

    That alleged international criminal network began to be dismantled by investigators within months of Texas journalist Barrett Brown emerged as a public spokesman for “Anonymous.” Last month, Brown’s apartment was raided by the FBI.

    Oh, my “special” friend again :-P


  14. 14 | May 25, 2012 2:12 am

    It Tax increase, err I mean Fire season again in California….

    Say, that sure is a nice house/community/town you guys got there, sure would be a damned shame if it burnt to the ground.


  15. Guggi
    15 | May 25, 2012 2:13 am

    Mars wrote:

    The shock of the dumb SOB, REAL GUNS! Apparently destroying peoples lives, hurting business, and attacking national security isn’t supposed to have real world repercussions.

    Hmm, he never supported anti-gun activists but he is a very mentally unstable drug addict sometimes leaning more to the right but most of the times leaning to very left-wing/anarchistic world views and imho not because he beliefs them but because it sounds good and make him look “special”.


  16. Guggi
    16 | May 25, 2012 2:14 am

    lobo91 wrote:

    He had a girlfriend?

    He always had girlfriends. Don’t ask me why but they (women) love him.


  17. yenta-fada
    17 | May 25, 2012 2:56 am

    Drive by insomniac post. At last, the fully vetted birth certificate.
    h/t Michelle Obama’s Mirror/comment section

    http://js-kit.com/blob/uoK5BQtMMhpW4PPf_CpZnC.jpg


  18. yenta-fada
    18 | May 25, 2012 2:59 am

    Guggi wrote:

    rain of lead wrote:
    That alleged international criminal network began to be dismantled by investigators within months of Texas journalist Barrett Brown emerged as a public spokesman for “Anonymous.” Last month, Brown’s apartment was raided by the FBI.
    Oh, my “special” friend again

    BBrown is such a self obsessed motor-mouth. Like lobo always says, “What color is the sky on his planet.” lol


  19. lobo91
    19 | May 25, 2012 3:13 am

    @ yenta-fada:

    They forgot to include the doctor’s email address.
    //


  20. Guggi
    20 | May 25, 2012 3:44 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    h/t Michelle Obama’s Mirror/comment section
    http://js-kit.com/blob/uoK5BQtMMhpW4PPf_CpZnC.jpg

    It is one thing to be a birther (I’m certainly NOT) but it is another thing to go after birthers like in a vendetta. This is what they do with Terrence Lee Lakin:

    A Kansas board that denied a licensed doctor of osteopathic medicine a license was primarily concerned about the man’s political views.

    The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts is a 15-member panel appointed by the governor and decides the fate of doctors in Kansas.

    Terrence Lee Lakin rose to the ranks of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He served on the front lines in Afghanistan and the war zone in Bosnia as well as a medical mission to Honduras. He saved lives around the world and received a Bronze Star for his service.

    “I like helping people,” said Lakin. “And I’ve been, since college wanting to be in medical field and help others.”

    But a dispute over whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States led to Lakin being forced from the military and apparently led to the Kansas board in October denying him a medical license to practice in the Sunflower State.

    The board repeatedly refused comment on their decision, but a transcript of Lakin’s shows board members didn’t concern themselves with Lakin’s 18-year spotless medical record.

    “They hammered me for my political views,” said Lakin.

    Nearly two years ago, the then lieutenant colonel asked for proof that Obama was born in the United States. When he didn’t get it, Lakin announced via a video posted on http://www.safeguardourconstitution.com, “I will disobey my orders to deploy because I believe all servicemen and women and the American people deserve the truth about President Obama, the office of the presidency and the commander in chief.”

    (…)


  21. lobo91
    21 | May 25, 2012 3:55 am

    @ Guggi:

    Personally, I have no sympathy for Lakin. He’s lucky he only served 6 months at Leavenworth.


  22. Guggi
    22 | May 25, 2012 4:02 am

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ Guggi:
    Personally, I have no sympathy for Lakin. He’s lucky he only served 6 months at Leavenworth.

    I’m with you but the other question is: what right do they have to destroy his life after he was released ? Every disgusting murderer get’s his chance after being released but he not ? Does his personal view of O. and his believe in the birther conspiracy justify to destroy his professional work as a physician ?


  23. lobo91
    23 | May 25, 2012 4:09 am

    @ Guggi:

    State licensing boards are frequently like that, unfortunately. It’s not just medicine. It’s the same way with any state-issued professional licenses. The whole thing’s a racket designed to limit access to those professions, rather than to ensure the competency of those issued licenses.


  24. Guggi
    24 | May 25, 2012 4:11 am

    @ lobo91:

    Sad.


  25. Guggi
    25 | May 25, 2012 4:13 am

    bbl, have to run errands.


  26. lobo91
    26 | May 25, 2012 4:25 am

    @ Guggi:

    The licensing boards for teachers work the same way.

    Despite the fact that I have over 20 years of experience teaching, and have a BA in political science, a masters in public administration, and used to work for a state legislature, I’m not considered qualified to teach high school civics or social studies.

    Yet that idiot woman who was recorded telling her class that the can be locked up for disagreeing with Obama has a state license.


  27. Guggi
    27 | May 25, 2012 5:45 am

    @ lobo91:

    Unbelieveable !!


  28. Guggi
    28 | May 25, 2012 5:54 am

    But on the other side we here where I live have silly lwas too:

    If you have a master (or Ph.D.) degree in political science you can teach students at the university social studies but you’re not allowed to teach highschool students social studies. Therefor you have to have at least a master degree from law school.


  29. 29 | May 25, 2012 6:04 am

    doriangrey wrote:

    rain of lead wrote:

    @ rain of lead:
    *blink**blink*
    Texas journalist Barrett Brown ?
    BWAHAHAHA!!!!!

    More like notorious Texas heroin addicted bi-sexual basement dwelling Marxist slacker… Oh…. wait, I guess he really could be a journalist, he’s got all the right qualifications.

    Oh that’s right, he did say he had sex with selrahC, didn’t he!

    /EEEEWWWWWW


  30. lobo91
    30 | May 25, 2012 6:04 am

    @ Guggi:

    In the US, you have to have a BA in secondary education, with a concentration (basically a minor) in social studies.

    All they really care about is that you’ve had your mandatory time in the left-wing indoctrination camp known as the College of Education.


  31. Guggi
    31 | May 25, 2012 6:16 am

    lobo91 wrote:

    All they really care about is that you’ve had your mandatory time in the left-wing indoctrination camp known as the College of Education.

    It’s the same here and when you look at the professions of politicians here (from community to parliament level) most of them are either union members, teachers or employees of the Chamber of Labor. It’s worse in parties like Social Democrats and Greenies (about three out of four) than with Conservatives and other parties.


  32. Guggi
    32 | May 25, 2012 6:19 am

    Guggi wrote:

    union members

    should be: union employees>


  33. Bumr50
    33 | May 25, 2012 6:31 am

    @ lobo91:

    In my high school, the social studies were where all of the coaches taught. They spent more time hanging out with each other in the AD’s office than they did teaching. In a way, it was good.

    OTOH, we still had the textbook (which we relied on almost exclusively -- “Read, take notes, collect vocabulary…”) to indoctrinate us.


  34. darkwords
    34 | May 25, 2012 6:57 am

    Stunning post by Patterico. Follow him on twitter to keep updated.


  35. 35 | May 25, 2012 6:58 am

    IIRC, the only course I ever had called “Social Studies” was in the 7th grade, and it was mostly Virginia history. In high school (8th-12th grades back then), courses were history or civics. And you were expected to actually learn the stuff.


  36. darkwords
    36 | May 25, 2012 6:58 am

    @ darkwords: It reminds me a lot of Rodan’s travails and LGF commenters.


  37. RIX
    37 | May 25, 2012 7:00 am

    Good morning. I had this wild dream last night that
    a former Community Organizer with a shadowy past is the President.
    That’s just crazy, huh?


  38. Bumr50
    38 | May 25, 2012 7:09 am

    RIX wrote:

    Community Organizer

    WTH is that?

    //


  39. Guggi
    39 | May 25, 2012 7:12 am

    RIX wrote:

    That’s just crazy, huh?

    Welcome to reality ? :-(


  40. RIX
    40 | May 25, 2012 7:17 am

    You know that Pakstan has given the Doctor a 30
    year sentence for helping to locate Bin Laden
    for us.
    Well, we’re not taking it, yesterday the Senate
    Appropriations Committee voted unanimously to
    withold one million in aid for each year the doctor
    is in jail.
    That’ll show them. But we gave Pakistan $2.9 Billion
    so far this year! They might be OK with giving up
    one million.


  41. RIX
    41 | May 25, 2012 7:18 am

    @ Guggi:
    Wait! That’s actually true?


  42. RIX
    42 | May 25, 2012 7:21 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    Community Organizer
    WTH is that?
    //

    I think that it is like an outside agitator
    or something.
    Can you imagine electing a guy to the Presidency
    with that background? Never happen.


  43. Bumr50
    43 | May 25, 2012 7:27 am

    RIX wrote:

    outside agitator

    Pretty sure the Mrs. thinks I’m one of those…


  44. RIX
    44 | May 25, 2012 7:27 am

    Later y’all


  45. Guggi
    45 | May 25, 2012 7:32 am

    RIX wrote:

    @ Guggi:
    Wait! That’s actually true?

    Sadly to say it but YEP, Rix….


  46. 46 | May 25, 2012 8:00 am

    @ Bumr50:
    Likewise in my school. Had a tech teacher (sheet metal) teach us a course called “Man in Society”. Easy credit for graduation. He loved me in that class since I was so argumentative. He had to do nothing except barely moderate discussions. Outnumbered 7-1 by girls and I could convince most of them with my viewpoints. Alas that’s all I could convince them of…


  47. Bumr50
    47 | May 25, 2012 8:15 am

    @ PaladinPhil:

    I lived sort of in the sticks, and so one of our history teachers taught a semester course called Urban Geography. EVERYONE takes it. You do absolutely nothing except go on one field trip into the city of Pittsburgh where Mr. Goldinger would point out street hustlers, have us ride the subway, walk through different types of neighborhoods, and basically function and enjoy the city for a day.

    Heck, it’s probably more education than actually studying “Urban Geography” for five months…


  48. RIX
    48 | May 25, 2012 8:29 am

    Guggi wrote:

    RIX wrote:
    @ Guggi:
    Wait! That’s actually true?
    Sadly to say it but YEP, Rix….

    OMG, we’re doomed! Stop the madness!


  49. Bumr50
    49 | May 25, 2012 8:30 am

    When you’re a drowning Dem, you get thrown a Debbie Wasserman Schultz…

    Unions angry with Dems over lack of help in Wisconsin recall


  50. Bumr50
    50 | May 25, 2012 8:31 am

    @ Bumr50:

    OTOH, drowning Repubs don’t usually get anything thrown…


  51. RIX
    51 | May 25, 2012 8:33 am

    @ Bumr50:
    This is genuis! When you are trying to amp up
    the vote, send in a hot babe like Debbie Wasserman
    Schultz.


  52. 52 | May 25, 2012 8:34 am

    @ Bumr50:
    Actually I took that course in school as well. Failed it because I didn’t complete a project that was a large part of the mark. I found the course fascinating. We actually talked and discussed how cities grow and evolve. As well as certain design philosophies and whats right/wrong with them. Toronto was a great city for us to visit due to all the design philosophies used in various areas and suburbs.


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