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How does the mushroom signage stack up?

By johnboy - 25 January 2012 20

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John Dow has sent in this pic with these musings:

I be a little intrigued by the wording on these new signs. It’s as though the sign is for people who have at least some knowledge of what a death cap mushroom is.

To my mind the space could have been better utilised to offer a clearer warning about death cap mushrooms and the need to avoid picking any mushrooms as even the apparently harmless and well known varieties can turn out to be the fatal death cap variety.

I’m going to stick my neck out here and state that these signs are essentially useless in warning at risk groups of the dangers of picking mushrooms in the ACT.

Your thoughts dear readers?

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20 Responses to
How does the mushroom signage stack up?
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qbngeek 12:04 pm
25 Jan 12
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I personally think that the signs should just say ‘Death Cap mushrooms grow in the ACT, do not pick and eat any wild mushrooms. Eating wild mushrooms may cause you to be deaded.’

I personally use common sense and I was always taught not to pick and eat wild mushrooms as there is just as much chance of them being dangerous as not.

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Chop71 12:15 pm
25 Jan 12
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oh my…. now the kiddies will know where to pick ’em

I hate to say it, but this may add to the problem

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PantsMan 12:30 pm
25 Jan 12
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Maybe in some other languages also?

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marcothepolopony 12:39 pm
25 Jan 12
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Perhaps a Cantonese or Mandarin translation?

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pharmer 12:39 pm
25 Jan 12
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Shouldn’t the sign be in Mandarin or Cantonese or both?

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The_TaxMan 12:57 pm
25 Jan 12
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The symbol worldwide to identify DON’T DO IT is a Red Circle with a line through it, clearly this sign says DON’T EAT MUSHROOMS but for those that wanted Chinese signage here you go
?????????????????

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The_TaxMan 1:09 pm
25 Jan 12
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The_TaxMan said :

The symbol worldwide to identify DON’T DO IT is a Red Circle with a line through it, clearly this sign says DON’T EAT MUSHROOMS but for those that wanted Chinese signage here you go
?????????????????

Damn it can’t print Pin Yin, ah well

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tommy 2:29 pm
25 Jan 12
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They probably should display the universal symbol for poison/toxic on the sign
: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_and_crossbones_(poison)

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tommy 2:30 pm
25 Jan 12
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They probably should display a universal symbol for poison or hazard – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_and_crossbones_(poison)

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Thoroughly Smashed 2:32 pm
25 Jan 12
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Chop71 said :

oh my…. now the kiddies will know where to pick ’em

I hate to say it, but this may add to the problem

Is eating death caps the new craze with the kiddies?

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FioBla 3:32 pm
25 Jan 12
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Not a complaint, but I think this is the first time I have seen the phrase “casualty department” on an Australian sign. It is usually used informally in Australia. Hospital signage refers to the Emergency Department (ED, DEM), or Accident and Emergency (A&E).

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dungfungus 3:50 pm
25 Jan 12
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PantsMan said :

Maybe in some other languages also?

At least in Engrish as well.
I hope these signs haven’t just been placed because if they have I can see a huge damages claim against the ACT on the way from some people in China.

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Deref 4:04 pm
25 Jan 12
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FioBla said :

Not a complaint, but I think this is the first time I have seen the phrase “casualty department” on an Australian sign. It is usually used informally in Australia. Hospital signage refers to the Emergency Department (ED, DEM), or Accident and Emergency (A&E).

I’ve never heard of “casualty department”. Where did that come from?

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john87_no1 4:17 pm
25 Jan 12
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Maybe they should have done a bulletin board type sign with pictures and descriptions about what fungie grows in that specific area, while still noting the dangers of not to pick and eating anything you are not 100% sure is edible.

Or best case would be having a qualified botanist at the Botanic Gardens or CSIRO being made available (for a small fee) assess mushrooms picked.

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qbngeek 4:23 pm
25 Jan 12
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PantsMan said :

Maybe in some other languages also?

Okay, this really annoys me. English is the primary language spoken in Australia and our street signs etc are in English. Last time I checked they hadn’t changed all the signs in China to have English (although the are many Engrish) translations.

I understand the people who died were of an asian background, but you can’t expect all our signs to be translated to cater for everyone.

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