Published on July 1st, 2013 | by Charlie

Mushroom or male masturbator?

In what is probably one of the most interesting cases of fungus identification that has ever occurred, last year a Chinese reporter mistakenly identified a Toy’s Heart male masturbator as an ancient (and rare) meat mushroom.

Although the mistake was quickly identified, that didn’t stop one enterprising street vendor from using the story as “proof” that his “mushrooms” were indeed the rare variety that had been prized by Chinese emperors throughout history.  This clever, if deceitful, plan earned this vendor as much as AUD$3000 for a single “mushroom”, which was actually a male masturbator that normally costs around $50.

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