Sunday, March 25, 2007

Alien Fun Guys

I got out this morning to start the first round of 2007 yard work, and as I raked up leaves and sticks, little poofs of dirt-smoke kept flying up into the air. Upon closer inspection, I found these things cozied right down into the earth:

Click to enlarge for a good, hard look.

Uck! What IS it? They're about 8 inches wide, look like they're cut from rubber tires, and have little pockets of dusty yuck in the middle. There are about 12 of them, in a 10-foot radius.

My friend Mark suggested they were fungus, but it sounded like he might have been guessing, as he followed up, "it looks like that fungus used in Asian cooking."

Yeah, well, YOU taste it. I think they're Aliens. And smart ones, at that: This one played dead when I picked it up (with gloved hands, of course).

But I swear it's 3 feet closer to the front door than it was this morning...

So, if you don't hear from me in the next threbrwraccppccaaackkkkkkk


  1. YIKES! I am going to have to keep checking back to see if someone posts what this is. I'd say your "little rubber tire" theory sounds the best. so far.

  2. I would have to say a fungus...maybe mushroom type thing

  3. Yeah, but see...that's your THEORY...everyone's guessing, and no one knows for sure...

    it's the opposite of a grows UP instead of my bad haircut!

  4. Hmmmm...

    How do we know that it was actually YOU responding in this "comments" section and not some creature from Invasion Of The Body Snatchers?

  5. puff balls!

    Yup. They are fungus. The puffs are clouds of sporey goodness. I found one in the woods a couple years ago that was a good 18".

    I don't know if they're edible either. I'm not that brave.

  6. stfarmer8:21 AM

    Whatever it is, you're going to have a lot more of it because of all the spores you released.

    Pray for dry weather.

  7. Paradise Driver: You DON'T know! You'll never know!

    PrairieBiker: Mine don't look like that, they're cupped INTO the ground, not above it. But I still believe the link you sent that says now that I breathed those spores in, I'll turn into a puffball. I'm feeling a little bloated already.

    Wendy: righto!

    STFarmer: I hadn't thought of that. Time to read up on lawns, mine is a mess all the way 'round.

  8. Puffballs are neat! I think you are lucky.


  9. You know, I'm not generally afraid of flora. This could be the exception to that rule.

  10. Taht's a puffball! I love those... Does that make me a freak taken over by aliens?

  11. You're right. It looks like some kind of pod that has split open to release whatever was inside. Wow! I'm just listening to myself and I sound nuts. :)

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  13. Definitely Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

  14. A mushroom walks into a bar and the bartender says, "I'm sorry, but we don't serve your kind here." And the mushroom says, "Why not? I'm a fungi (fun guy)!"

    Ha! That's my favorite fungus joke!


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