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I knew mushrooms must be good for something…

If the violin sounds good, it might be the mushrooms.

A Swiss researcher announced Thursday that treating maple wood with a certain mushroom improves its sound quality.

Speaking at a conference in Basel, Switzerland, Francis Schwarze said his maple violin, a replica of a 1698 instrument made by the Italian master Antonio Stradivari, has a sound comparable to the elusive timbre of a Stradivarius, according to a report from Agence France-Press.

Schwarze, of the Zurich-based Federal Materials, Science and Technology Institute, treated the wood with Xylaria longipes, a mushroom that grows on the bark of trees. The mushroom nibbles lightly on the wood, reducing its density and intensifying the sound, he said.

via Mushrooms


November 7, 2008 Posted by | Strange | , | Comments Off on I knew mushrooms must be good for something…

Mushrooms ground Ryanair 737

Daily Express | UK News

A Ryanair Boeing 737, enroute from Budapest to Dublin, was forced to make an emergency landing  at Frankfurt Hahn Airport this week when a jar of mushrooms, stored in an overhead luggage bin,  leaked and dripped on a passenger with an allergy to mushrooms.

The passenger complained of choking and a swollen neck and was transported to a Frankfurt hospital for treatment.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | Strange | , , | Comments Off on Mushrooms ground Ryanair 737