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Old 09-03-2008, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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The author of the best-selling novel “The Horse Whisperer” is recovering in a hospital after eating poisonous mushrooms during a holiday in Scotland, his agent said Tuesday.

Nicholas Evans' agent said the writer, his wife, her sister and the sister's husband became sick after cooking and eating mushrooms they had picked in the woods on Aug. 23.

Mushrooms poison 'Horse Whisperer' author - TODAY: Books - MSNBC.com
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Old 09-03-2008, 01:57 PM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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Amateurs should not go mushroom hunting in the forest and eat what they found without having an expert look over their catch. If even one bad one is in the basket, the lot has to be tossed because the spores fall out and contaminate the "good" mushrooms too.
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Old 09-03-2008, 04:18 PM
 
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I heard Tia Tequila used to look normal before eating random mushrooms.
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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I find it incredible that an individual such as Evans (obviously quite bright) would presume to know all 10,000 species of mushrooms in Scotland and dare to select edible ones.

The poisonous mushroom that they\four ate, midst their benign mushrooms, is one that is peculiar to Scotland and is one of the most toxic mushrooms known to exist.

I'm careful of the hamburger joint I lunch at, let alone the wooded vales that I frequent.

I do hope that they all have a full recovery with no kidney damage.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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My grandmother had a sayng, if the animals don't nibble on them, don't you be out there doin' it! We have seen people picking wild mushrooms even the squirrels sniff and leave alone.
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