Berzerk!

by George on August 16, 2013

Amanita Muscaria

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park a few days ago, I came across this. I sent the photo to a friend, whose father is a noted mycologist. He said: “Amanita Muscaria. The Vikings ate it… then went to war. Drank their pee to stay drugged. Their victims called them ‘Berzerk’, as a way of saying the vikings acted crazy. Berzerk meaning shirted with a wolves’ pelt? Or bare shirted? No one is sure.”

How cool is that?

I was pretty hungry when I stumbled on it.. but I was also pretty sure I didn’t want to eat it.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrew Webb August 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Beware! Amanita Muscaria has been know to induce outrageous HDR in photographers.

George August 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Is that what causes it!?!?!

I think it must also be responsible for a lot of other nonsense that you see around online these days. :-)

G.

tom Upton October 11, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Stay hungry my friend!

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