Punch,  34 (1858), 164.

A New Idea for the Aldermen



Letter, Spoof


Botany, Natural History, Nutrition, Government

People mentioned:

Joseph Banks

    Responding to an article in The Times describing the discovery of a gigantic fungus in a Doncaster tunnel, suggests that the plant is probably 'good to eat'. Noting the incredible growth rate, appearance, and strength of the fungus, and other edible fungi, recommends this specimen to the Lord Mayor of London, Robert W Carden, for consumption at a civic feast. Suggests trying the fungi on pigs before alderman, lest the latter grow 'excrescences' from their noses as a result.

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