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amanaplanacanal said 9 days ago:

According to Wikipedia, it’s not the plant itself that’s toxic, but rather a fungus that can infect the plant, much as ergot infected other grains.

phaker said 9 days ago:

From what i can find, the difference is that ergot is parasitic and rare but the fungus growing on darnel is symbiotic and common.

Polish wikipedia says up to 86% of seeds carry it but without source. This paper [1] says 70% of 'wild populations' of related L. perenne, implies infection in darnel (L. temulentum) is also prevalent, but notes most populations have low frequency of infected individuals and then tries to explain that.

[1]: https://mivegec.ird.fr/images/stories/PDF_files/0250.pdf

eyelidlessness said 9 days ago:

This seems similar enough to the allergy commonly associated with peanuts to be worth mentioning too.

jack_riminton said 9 days ago:

Yes. I found this paper which talks about it more http://www.sidthomas.net/pdf/paperpdfs/Thomas%20et%20al%20Jo...

p34 talks about its constituent properties. Crucially no one is quite sure what the exact active component is

mcphage said 9 days ago:

Okay, that makes the article make more sense. Most of the article the author claimed it was quite dangerous, but then they later cited a study which it was up to 10% of a harvest. I didn’t know how to make those make sense together.

legulere said 9 days ago:

German Wikipedia even notes that the fungus is related to ergot.

lqet said 9 days ago:

I expected this to be about ergot [0], a fungi with hallucinatory effects.

It's suspected that ergot caused the Strasbourg dancing plague of 1518 [1]

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergot

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_plague_of_1518

andrewl said 9 days ago:

It's also been suggested as a factor in the events that lead to the Salem witch trials:

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/witches-curse-clues-evidenc...

billyjobob said 9 days ago:

Could someone post a version of this article that doesn’t cause iOS safari to crash?

superkuh said 9 days ago:

Sure. https://archive.is/L2zir

Another way to do this is to turn off javascript and force pages to behave like documents. Only a single image will load but all the text is there and that's what matters.

djmips said 9 days ago:

You could read this source which the article seems to have referenced quite liberally.

http://www.sidthomas.net/pdf/paperpdfs/Thomas%20et%20al%20Jo...

zeepzeep said 7 days ago:

Could someone find out why it crashes, is it exploitable? :D

givinguflac said 9 days ago:

Loads fine on my iPhone on iOS 13.7 and iPad on 14.1, perhaps the article has been fixed?

rconti said 9 days ago:

Hangs halfway through loading on Safari/Big Sur as well.

Hydraulix989 said 9 days ago:

Thought this would be about alcohol