Azarius loves all kinds of mushrooms and related facts, but the following story raised some eyebrows. In fact even our biggest shroomonaut hadn’t heard of the tale of the mythical Mamalo o Wahine (women’s mushroom) or as it is commonly known: 'Hawaiian stinkhorn’.
And yes, that’s a very sexy name.
The mythical Mamalo o Wahine
Legends speak of a mushroom with peculiar properties; giving rise to tales of women who encounter this mushroom in the forest and fall into ecstatic sexual fits of orgasmic proportion. Mamalo o Wahine, the mushroom that makes women go mad with desire.
Sounds too far-fetched to be true, doesn’t it? Well, apparently it’s quite real!
An article in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms describes a strange and wonderful practice in Hawaii: women coming together to search for a particular mushroom. Upon finding it, they inhale the aroma. The scent causes pronounced sexual arousal, often orgasmic in nature! Coming together to cum together - these women have come a long way from the Tupperware parties and high teas.
Imagine the collective frustrated sigh of millions of men who couldn’t achieve with groovy moves and flashy cars what one little mushroom can with its scent. Beaten by the stinkhorn. Does life get any more miserable for men?
Just look at this smug fungus. It even has a phallus shape, as if to add another "fuck you" to the insult.
Nature at its naughtiest: spontaneous mushroom orgasm
According to the publication in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, the smell of the fresh fungus can trigger spontaneous orgasms in human females. In the trial involving 16 women, 6 had orgasms while smelling the fruit body. The other ten, who received smaller doses, experienced physiological changes such as increased heart rate.
All of the 20 men tested considered the smell disgusting. Presumably their conversation quickly turned to beer, sports results and Taylor Swift's nipples on a cold winter morning. In short: the fungus had no effect on men. According to the authors, the results suggest that the hormone-like compounds present in the volatile portion of the gleba may have some similarity to human neurotransmitters released in females during sexual activity.
Considering the evidence, our conclusion is simple. Nature is really weird and quite awesome. What a wonderful world we live in!
Know any weird mushroom tales? Have brilliant ideas for what we could do with the Hawaiian stinkhorn? Let the world know in the comments!
- Canmushroomssavetheplanet.wordpress.com - "Can an Orgasm be Caused by the Scent of a Mushroom? – The Stinkhorn Mushroom"
-  Holliday JC, Soule N. (2001). “Spontaneous female orgasms triggered by smell of a newly found tropical Dictyphora species”. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms 3: 162–67. ISSN 1521-9437 http://www.worldcat.org/issn/1521-9437