“black fungus found in chernobyl eats harmful radiation”

Am I the only one to read this headline and think that we’re about to get our asses kicked by a huge, radioactive, fungi monster? It’s kind of like a modern “glass half full / glass half empty” test. I suspect that a majority of people reading the article think it’s great news. Our planet, faced with the overreaching ineptitude of mankind, has created an organism to mop up our mess like Violet, the cleaning woman, right? I can’t help but think that as this fungus evolves, however, that it’ll acquire a taste for human flesh… I’m definitely a “glass half empty” kind of guy.

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  1. Paw
    Posted March 4, 2008 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    I welcome the leadership and vision of our new fungi overlords.

  2. Steph
    Posted March 4, 2008 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    The glass is half full, but it’s half full of radioactive fungus!

  3. mark
    Posted March 4, 2008 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Maybe they won’t be monsters. Maybe they’ll be more like the radioactive vegetables in that episode of Gilligan’s Island.

  4. mark
    Posted March 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to the internets, I just got to watch Dawn Wells peel a potato!

    (I couldn’t find footage of the radioactive vegetable episode.)

  5. IgotanewIPandIwanttoshareit
    Posted March 4, 2008 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    I worked with guys who went over there, stomped around, sampled critters, at least until a few years back.

    Despite hot spots every few yards in the surrounding now-forests, (no suit would protect you), the wildlife (especially/ at least as measured by small mammals and anecdotal measures of larger mammals) , once people were removed, was doing relatively great.

    Amazing that humans can be worse by just be being in a place than even that catastrophe of nuclear (so tempting to type nucular) physics.

  6. Meta
    Posted March 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    How to stop a 500 foot monster:


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