Giant ganoderma 92cm in diameter discovered in Sichuan: Shanghaiist

The earth’s largest mushroom was uncovered in Yunnan last year and recently a giant ganoderma was discovered in Sichuan.

Yang Jun, a man in Peng’an County received a giant ganoderma with 92cm in diameter and 5.15kg in weight. His parents, who operate a woodcarving workshop, said they were shocked seeing such a massive ganoderma and thought their son topped a mantle back, according to Oriental Daily.

Yang revealed it was a wild ganoderma unearthed at a remote mountain which was sent by his friend from Guangdong who likes collection. His friend mailed it for woodcarving and cumulating reiki and popularity.

Yang added he took it as a shelter under the hot sun. Other passers-by felt curious and requested to touch it.

As reported, they do not confirm whether such a giant ganoderma was by natural growth or by artificial cultivation.

via Giant ganoderma 92cm in diameter discovered in Sichuan: Shanghaiist.

Over 70 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks since midnight | Maan News Agency

At least 70 Palestinians have been killed and 110 injured in Israeli attacks since midnight Wednesday on the 23rd day of the Gaza offensive, according to the Ministry of Health.

In the most devastating attack, at least 16 people were killed when an Israeli artillery shell hit a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip.

via Over 70 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks since midnight | Maan News Agency.

Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits –

Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality. The findings suggest that the benefits of even small amounts of vigorous exercise may be much greater than experts had assumed.

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Reminds me of a guy I met about 10 years ago who ran 10 minutes a day doing 50 yard wind sprints. He was 70 at the time and looked about 50 but had been doing that since high school – Importation of Fresh Blueberries from Morocco into the Continental United States

Spanish firm growing blueberries in desert in hot houses for export to US and Europe – Adds to carbon load on atmosphere since they must be flown to US – go figure!

Importation of Fresh Blueberries from Morocco into the Continental United States

This Rule document was issued by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

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Final rule.


We are amending the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh blueberries from Morocco into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, the blueberries must be produced under a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures for two quarantine pests, Ceratitis capitata and Monilinia fructigena, and must be inspected prior to exportation from Morocco and found free of these pests. The blueberries may be imported in commercial consignments only and must be treated with one of two approved postharvest treatments to mitigate C. capitata. The blueberries will have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the conditions for importation have been met. This action will allow the importation of blueberries from Morocco while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.

via – Rule Document.

Top 10 wine poems

Dublin-born poet William Butler Yeats won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 for his poetry, and was the first Irishman to be honoured with the award. Fascinated by the occult, mysticism and astrology, Yeats was inspired and informed by the poets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Percy B. Shelley. In 1880, he and Ernest Rhys co-founded the Rhymers’ Club, a group of London-based poets who regularly met in a Fleet Street tavern to recite their verse, referring to the group as the “Tragic Generation” in his autobiography.

Wine comes in at the mouth

And love comes in at the eye;

That’s all we shall know for truth

Before we grow old and die.

I lift the glass to my mouth,

I look at you, and I sigh.

via Top 10 wine poems.

Israel Shrinking Gaza Strip by 40 Percent

Why not just take the whole thing and drive them into the sea and say – “not our fault – Hamas made us do it!” Or why not build a huge moat and turn Gaza into an island? Or – no don’t stop reading just yet – how about sitting down with whomever wants to help and has a stake in world peace and humanity and talking peace. That way you can save money and your soul.

Against the Grain

Map courtesy of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

To protect itself from Hamas rockets and tunnels, Israel is forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes, turning their old neighborhoods into a no-man’s land.

This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on Earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the 3-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.

What that means on the ground is scenes of extraordinary devastation in places like the Al Shajaya district approaching Gaza’s eastern frontier, and Beit Hanoun in the north. These were crowded…

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Como se dice? #dpchallenge #poetry #children


penned in moon dust

child's hand

How do you say… “shoe”?


naturally we both point at our feet

under the table

the four-year old and me


How do you say… “smile”?


the white teeth in upturned lips

fill the boy’s small face

a giggle slips


¿Como se dice… “hug”?


little arms reach up

wrap around my neck

as I bend in half


How do you say…It’s been a bit too long?

since I’ve felt little boy hugs

akin to puppy dog tails

 wagging with happy energy


¿Como se dice… “content”?

Estar Contento

blue-gray eyes radiate a glow

knowing that one moment spent with a child

causes my invisible tail to wag

there’s really no translation

for that!

The DP writing Challenge today is Back to Life. What revives you after a hard week, long flight, tough situation???

A big abrazo to Gideon for his smiles


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One Man’s Trash – Back on ‘Neighborhood Watch – ‘George Zimmerman ‘patrolling’ Central Florida shop after gun theft’

One taste of infamy and he’s addicted for life to being infamous! Next step is ludicrous, or finally the jail he should be inside of as permanent guest.

The Last Of The Millenniums



‘Owner of Pompano Pat’s in DeLand says Zimmerman not working for him’

‘DeLAND, Fla. – ‘Although he’s not a hired security officer, George Zimmerman has been “patrolling” outside a Volusia County gun shop after it was recently robbed, according to the store owner’.

‘Pat Johnson told Local 6 that Zimmerman is not an employee of his DeLand store Pompano Pat’s, which sells firearms, ammunition and motorcycles’.

‘Johnson said that Zimmerman, on his own accord, has been spotted outside the store since the robbery earlier this month’.
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