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While waiting for the electrician I noticed a yellow/orangish colored thing in the grass. Upon first glance I thought it was a carrot, but then I processed that thought some more. This *carrot* is nowhere near the garden and why would it be just lying on the ground? So I decided to inspect further. Upon initial inspection I realized it was not a carrot but rather a lightweight hollow *thing.* It’s flesh, when squeezed, was not unlike a crisp curcurbit flower however it had a most terrible odor. This thing stunk, the smell reminded me of a long National Express bus journey from Edinburgh to Exeter when a drunk man stinking of stale beer and even more of stale urine sat beside me for the long journey finishing by leaving a puddle of urine in his seat when getting of the bus at Manchester. That is what this smelled of… dirty Mancunian. When Ian got home from work I had him give his analysis. Him being a dirty Wiganer I figured he would know a dirty Mancunian if he saw one… Well, he had no idea what the thing was but only that it stunk and he thought it looked somewhat phallic.
We had a look around to see if we could find any more of these things and then went home. I having never seen anything like it, on a hunch looked in my mushroom book. After perusing all the pages the closest thing I can come up with is the Elegant Stinkhorn. I’m not 100% convinced because there was no slime on top but it was hollw, simlar colored, the right size, and definately stinky.
Here are some shots I took…