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Friday, June 29, 2012

Something Called "Fairy Circles" Exists

Posted by on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

They are in Africa. And they are alive, according to a report from Wired.

 

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Chip 1
But what about these? The don't show up around Seattle much, but we had them everywhere where I grew up.
Posted by Chip on June 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 2
african fairies... charles ?
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on June 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM · Report this
3
*Ahem* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_ring

I think you people must live your lives entirely among exotic peoples to be so ignorant.

A while ago it was "some dying aboriginal American language uses impersonal statements, which *never* occur in any other language, right?" Now it's (impersonal statement, btw) "something improperly titled a 'fairy circle' is in Africa."
Posted by Central Scrutinizer on June 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 4
@3 - Ahem. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_circl…)

Different things can use the same name sometimes.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on June 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
More, I Say! 5
@1 That was the very first thing I thought, too.
Posted by More, I Say! on June 29, 2012 at 11:55 AM · Report this
6
Dude, "a report from Wired"? It's an article published in ScienceNOW, a news digest produced by Science, the journal put out by the AAAS and the most prestigious general-science journal in the country (although slightly infamous for publishing things that are exciting but not actually true - see Life On Mars or Arsenic DNA). The story has merely been rehosted with permission by Wired, as it makes perfectly clear. It's a news story about a paper in PLoSone, a genuine peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing papers whose data are methodologically sound (but papers that are not necessarily interesting, or not necessarily solid in the conclusions they draw). Wired has precisely nothing to do with this; at most, you got there via Wired.
Posted by Warren Terra on June 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM · Report this
7
Boy, are their faces going to be red when they find out they're actually referring to the sexual stage of a giant fungus.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on June 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM · Report this
8
hey Jen Graves; what do the savvy Art people generally consider to be the best Art websites/blogs. You know; like there always used to be 3 or 4 really well made art magazines I would read at the newsstand. Whats the equivalent on the web? I'll check back to see if you respond.
Posted by bluer is better on June 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM · Report this
yucca flower 9
They're a colony of mushrooms growing in a circle. Like ringworm. I can't believe people don't know this sh*t. Really.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_ring
Posted by yucca flower on July 1, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this

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