This Creepy Fungus Is Called ‘Dead Man’s Fingers’ And There Couldn’t Be A More Suiting Name

Published 4 years ago

If mushrooms are nothing more than a pizza topping for you, the Facebook group Mushroomcore might leave you pleasantly surprised. Turns out there are more mushrooms out there than just champignons and fly amanitas – and some of them are outright terrifying. A little while ago, Facebook user Regan Daniels shared photos of a bizarre mushroom called Xylaria polymorpha, aka Dead Man’s Fingers, and you’ll quickly realize why it’s called that way. Members of the group couldn’t believe what they were seeing and some even called the pictures fake – but Regan assured they were very much real.

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Regan Daniels recently shared photos of a creepy mushroom called Dead Man’s Fingers to the Mushroomcore Facebook group

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In a recent interview with Bored Panda, the woman said she spotted the creepy mushrooms growing on an old stump in Western North Carolina while walking in a park near the French Broad River.

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The mushrooms have a pretty distinctive appearance, looking a lot like necrotic fingers. And just in case you don’t know how they look like, we recommend you not Google it – just take our word for it. The mushroom is pretty widely spread and can typically be found in the woods of the UK, mainland Europe and North America. So the next time you spot one on your evening stroll through the forest, make sure to snap a pic to scare your friends!

Turns out there are even more species of creepy fungi out there, like the Jelly ear fungus

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Or the Devil’s urn

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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