Just sharp your imagination and visualize that if you are on the way of your morning walk in a nearby woods. And passing by a wooden log a spine-chilling view of grey-blue dead man’s toe just hit by your eyes. What will you do then??….even an eerie of the though can freeze the blood in veins. This Dead-Man’s Toes Peeking from Underneath Forest Log is making HORRIFYING Rounds on Social Media
13th June was the day when an uncanny image shared by Twitter user @JohnDFowler and scared the social media masses. However, John revealed later that the ‘toes’ are not a cause of terror and are Xylaria polymorpha fungi that are commonly found on forest floors…. Oh my God, how truly relatable!
Regardless of the underlying reality, his tweet garnered over 8,000 likes and praise for his “Discovery and Scary linkage” that Creeped out many viewers.
This Dead-Man’s Toes Peeking from Underneath Forest Log is making HORRIFYING Rounds on Social Media
Who’s the fun guy? (Fungi Xylaria Polymorpha aka dead man’s toes fungus.) pic.twitter.com/N1eCADVThW
— John Fowler (@JohnDFowler) June 12, 2020
People Had Different Reactions for that!
Holy crap–is that in your yard?!
— Jeff VanderMeer (@jeffvandermeer) June 12, 2020
if I saw this in the woods, I would probably run away as fast as I could, screaming as loud as I could
— Rbratspies (@RBratspies) June 12, 2020
My nightmares thank you.
— Angus MacDonald (@LittleAngus) June 13, 2020
Here are some Facts we Discovered about this Strange-Looking Growth:
- They’re commonly called Dead Man’s Fingers, not toes
According to wildlife identification guide First Nature, Xylaria polymorpha is appropriately named so because it usually grows in the form of clusters of three to six ‘fingers’ like tentacles that reach toward the sky. They are mostly mistakenly assumed as human digits as they are measured from 4cm to 14cm long and range from 1cm to 3cm in diameter. Its apparent details are astonishing, when young, they also have white fingernail-like tips that make them look more like corpse fingers tearing out from the ground.
- The mushrooms colour depends on their stage of life
When young, they are pale blue with white tips that are the mushroom’s asexual spores. Moreover, as they grew, the bluish colour deepens to black before eventually drying out and dying. They look spookier when their fully-developed reproductive structure has also turned dark brown. It seems zombies fingers and thumbs are ripping ground to come out.
- They are usually found in forests growing from the base of rotting trees and decaying wood
Xylaria polymorpha is a saprobic fungus, which means they survive by decomposing dead or putrefying organic material and gripping that as food. The fungus has a fondness for budding on rotting apple, maple, beech, and elm trees, and will never invade healthy wood.
- They are not edible
First Nature states that these mushrooms are not generally well-thought-out comestible for its hard and wood-like texture. However, if you accidentally ever do eat them, some websites note that they are not toxic, so the ignorance and negligence will not make you dead.
Pictures are so relatable and explicate the profundity of nature.