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You can blame Oregon for that. Apparently it kills 25% of the people that come in contact with it, and even if you go to the gym every morning for two hours, eat right, and don't smoke and you're completely healthy, it will still screw with you.
The fungus appears to be bisexual (heh) because it can reproduce with the opposite sex OR with the same max. Could mean deadlier and more virulent as it inches its way to California.
Isn't it the same hoax as the flesh eating ant plague during 2002?
And so begins the invasion of Mushroom Kingdom...
Is this one of those, run, run, buy your gasmasks, bar your windows, lock your doors things. I'm baffled with all those panic stuff coming each year. I remember there were some killer bees from Africa too.
It reminds me of that Super Mario Bros movie, perhaps the shroom is actually the good guy?:)
Oh, well, we're overpopulated anyway.
Finally God has acted on my prayers on doing something about those outrageous property prices in California.
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stonebro: Finally God has acted on my prayers on doing something about those outrageous property prices in California.

Hallelujah!
Does it make you a funghi to be with?
When there's not mushroom in hell, the dead will walk the earth?
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michaelleung: Apparently it kills 25% of the people that come in contact with it

You (and the article you mentioned) are interpreting this the wrong way. It kills 25% of the people that develop symptoms. Actually quoted from a quote from the article itself (emphasis added):
"Symptoms can appear two to several months after exposure, and while most people never develop symptoms, those infected may have a cough lasting weeks, sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, headache (related to meningitis), fever, nighttime sweats and weight loss. In animals the symptoms are a runny nose, breathing problems, nervous system problems and raised bumps under the skin. While C. gattii can be treated, it cannot be prevented; there is no vaccine."
And from a ScienceNow article:
"Bartlett adds that even though C. gattii can be dangerous, infections are still rare. The VGIIa strain, for example, is ubiquitous throughout much of Vancouver Island. That means that most of the Island's 750,000 residents have been exposed to C. gattii multiple times with no symptoms. She says that researchers are now working to understand what it is that makes certain people susceptible to coming down with an infection."
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michaelleung: You can blame Oregon for that.

You are so very welcome :D
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LordCinnamon: You (and the article you mentioned) are interpreting this the wrong way. It kills 25% of the people that develop symptoms.

What can you expect when you get news from a blog? Even if they did understand the context--which isn't guaranteed--there's a chance that they wanted to skew it this way to make the story more popular. "Killer fungi" only killing those who are already weak or elderly--and even then only a small percentage of them--doesn't quite have the same shock value.
We shall refer it as shglee or shgler!
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Andy_Panthro: Does it make you a funghi to be with?
When there's not mushroom in hell, the dead will walk the earth?

Horrendous puns FTW! (Sorry, couldn't come up with another one.)
Post edited April 27, 2010 by Miaghstir
Avian FLu v 2.0 detected... same hype, different name...
Heh e͒ͩͮ̃̔vͧͮe͒̆͛̍̀́ryt̊ime̔ͮ͆̈̀̄ something like this happens, I'm always reminded of those te͈̘͓̱r̫̭̖r̳͇̭i̲b͚̤̬̰̞l̝̘̼̣͕e̟̘̪͇ zombie movies.
Oh man, wo̼͆̀̇̄͆u̞͓̇ͮ͆̈͋̈́l͍̜͚̝̇̚d̳̪̰̈́̑n̠̆ͤ̓ͨ͌̋'̟͚̝͍̇ͬ̍ͭͧt̠̟͔̳̳͎̗ͪ ̥̚i͇̘͔͐̄ͅẗ͈́̋̈̓ ̝̘̣̟̘͈̣͗̾̍̃́̀̀b̪͍̰̳̥̫ͦͦͩͫͮe͚̳̦̳̞͙ͯͯ͊̿ ̤͕͙̘͍̑ͅa͙ͯͣͮb̂̋̎ͪ̀̍̋sọ͇̟͕̙̦ḻ͒ͯ̋ũ͍̪͍̰̞̩ͫͭt̠̗̮̯̪è͕̳̙̇̀̈ͤ̇ ͍͇l͉̥̠̩̦̘̆ͧ̐ͯ̐ͅy̎̽͛̓͆̏ GREAT i̞̞͕̟͕f̠͓͍̩͔͍ͤ̎̎̄͌ ̥̙̭̈ͫ̎̄i̤͋ͮt͓̥̼̓̅̒ ͙̱̺̏͂a͐ͦ̇c͓ͯt͊ͨ̄̄̄̔u̎̀̉̓̆͊̓ả̯͔̦̩̻̋͆l͉̼̟̭̿l̞̼̥̦̮̓͋ͯͥ̄̒̈ͅy̹ͭ ̣̝͓̩ ͔̘͖͕͎̠̙͋̐̍̇w̦̺͇̜ͯ̃̆ͧ̊͛as ̅a͖̤͎͓̟̝ͪ̂̆̂ ͖̟̥̤z͉̪͖̔ͧͬͅo̪͚̓ͧ̈̽̑͂m̦̗͉̺͚͉̬b̰͕̘ͅi̞̫̝̲̮͌ͤ̔͑ͤe͍̣̩̥̱ͯ͛ͮ̈͐ͯ͛ ̇a͉͓̣͖͖̮ͫp̭͓͆͆͆o̱̠̮̪̱̬c̩͒́̄ͫ͛ͣa̜̰̠̺̩̼̜̒̒ͣ̑ͦ̈́͂l͙̽̄̔̽̚̚y͂̌̌͂ ͈̫͔̺̭̱p̝̹̦̹̻͓͍͊ͯs̤͈̥͚̲͕̑̊ͦ͒̉e̋̒̒̿ͥͥ?̻͈̜ͤ̽ͭͦ ̦͔̣̔̏̄̿ͨͣW̭͕̺̫̩ͫ͑͒͑͋͟H͎̱͎̬̱̤̳̀ͫ̾̀E̱̰͈̎̏̂ͩN̺͎̪̄͌̿͐ͫ͌ ͓̭͈̰ͣ͊͐ͥ̊̊͢
HELL IS FULLT̥̩̣̼̤̤̯ͦͧH͚̳̖͕̙̯̓̈ͦͫͤ͟E̹͖̬̣͇̝ ̠̘̥̚Dͮ́̓ͅEͮ̍̄ͨ̒̾̉Ȃ͈̖̒̍ͧḌ̶͉̬̲̙̜ ̨̯͔̬͙̇́͊̆͛̐̓W̧̦͔͇͚̩̘̺I̴̤̭̘̔Ĺ̲̭ͤ͌ͫ͗ͅL̴̻͇͐ ̡̻͕̩̬͋W͚͉͎ͮ͐̂ͣ̄͠A̗̪͙̲̎͐L̨͔̤͇̟̣͈̍̓ͧ̌͒ͅK̨̝͓͚͔̆ͫ̚ ̪͚̽ͮ̏̂̔̊̅͜T͇̟̮̪̼ͣ͑̀̏̈H̬̳̯̭ͧ̋̈͗̄Ȩ̰̬̙͇̦̫̹͊ͯͮ̿̇̉ ̭̈́E͉̻͔̥̰̬̦A̹̤͈̺͕͚ͯͯ́̆ͅR̵T́ͯͬ̈́̂͢Ḥͪ͜