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Fascinating Facts About Mushrooms That'll Blow Your Mind

Mushrooms are one of the most fascinating edible things on the planet. It's a bold statement, but how many organisms do you know that are neither plant nor animal? Mushrooms are truly fascinating. Apart from their many health benefits, they taste great on pizza, in salads, on pasta, and just about anywhere you put them. But there are also some mushrooms that will make you hallucinate. That's not something you can say about chicken. There is no chicken, unfortunately, that will make you hallucinate.

You might be wondering, how long have people been tripping on mushrooms? What makes them so healthy? What are the effects of shrooms and how safe are they? What's the deal with that mushroom in Super Mario Bros.? How many types of mushrooms make you trip? Do some really glow? All of this and more is included on this list of mushroom facts.

These are the most fascinating facts you didn't know about our fungi friends, the mushrooms! There are so many crazy things to learn about shrooms. 

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    There Is A Mushroom That Tastes Nearly Identical To Fried Chicken

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    There is an entire genus of mushrooms, found all over the world, that tastes like fried chicken. It's even referred to as the "chicken of the woods." It is most commonly found in eastern North America and is bright orange. It sort of look like a tasty piece of fried buffalo chicken.
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    There Are More Than 75 Species That Glow In The Dark

    More and more species of mushroom that glow in the dark are being discovered all the time. As it stands now, there are more than 75 species that are bioluminescent!

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    Egyptians Considered Them The Plant Of Immortality

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    Ancient Egyptians referred to mushrooms as the plant of immortality in hieroglyphics more than 4,600 years ago. Mushrooms were so revered in Egyptian society that commoners were forbidden from touching them. Mushrooms were a food exclusively for royalty.

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    Magic Mushrooms Actually Boost Communication Within The Brain

    Researchers theorize that "tripping" is actually experiencing a hyperconnected brain. When you take mushrooms with psilocybin, your brain stops communicating normally and communication starts occurring between "brain regions that don't normally talk together."

    It is shown to be a great way to change perspective, aid in alleviating depression, and dealing with PTSD.

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