And the morel of this story is…
Hey Blog Guy, you obviously know a lot about language. I just heard a strange expression, “As dumb as an Italian hunter.” What does that even mean?
It means incredibly dumb, is what it means. At least 17 people have been killed recently in hunting accidents in the mountains and forests of northern Italy, six of them in a single 48-hour period.
Wow, that’s a lot of dead hunters! Even allowing for them shooting each other and similar mishaps. What were they hunting? Bears? Cougars?
You’re kidding, right, Blog Guy?
Nope. It seems in their eagerness to protect their secret mushroom troves, hunters are doing their searching in the dark. As a result they are sliding off steep, damp slopes, to their death.
They’re even wearing camouflage to help them disappear, so it’s pretty hard to find them after they fall. One mushroom hunter is still missing.
This is amazing. And the actual falls killed all of them?
So they say, although I prefer to think some of them were only injured by the falls, and then died of embarrassment, alone and still clutching a grubby mushroom.
What do you think is the take-away lesson here?
I suppose it’s this: If you’re watching Italian “Survivor” on TV, and the contestants are a mushroom hunter against an actual mushroom, bet all your money on the fungus.
A mushroom hunter searches for morels deep in a Croatian forest during the International morel festival near the Crni Lug village in the Croatian national park Risnjak in a 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Nikola Solic
Britain’s Prince Charles smells a mushroom as he meets Japanese farmers at the Enmei tea factory in Shinano, central Japan, October 30, 2008. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon