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Moldy History

a cultured learning experience
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Valuable lessons in history, geography and mycology will be learned with the specially mapped, six-inch petri dishes for illustrating, for example the expansion of the Roman Empire or the British Empire, with mold colonies.

After adding the spores at the correct point, kids of all ages will marvel as the mold medium, with various growth-enhancing and stifling areas, causes a black fungus culture, during four days, to demonstrate the spread of the great plague across the known world.

In a higher price range are the world maps made of brown and white bread, puzzled together like a veneer inlay. Wonder as the gray and pink bread molds advance, showing the WWII Allied offensives across whole wheat Europe, Africa and Asia.

Or why not purchase the specially prepared orange globe? The migration of modern humans from Africa to Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia are pedagogically illustrated by slowly expanding, white slime mold.

FarmerJohn, Feb 25 2003

Cress History http://www.thompson...x/m/seeds/6/623.jpg
A less 'icky' and more edible version could be the growing of cress? [Jinbish, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       I'm fairly certain that the white slime mold filament stretching from Ireland to South Carolina represents the path of my paternal family's 1749 emigration to America. This will help put our family origins in perspective for the grandkids and future generations of little jurists. Thanks, FJ.
jurist, Feb 25 2003

       I’m struggling with this one FJ. I’ve traced my linear genealogy back past the Roman Empire, and the history resembles the spread you describe, but I think you may be ranting.....?
Shz, Feb 25 2003

       I like the idea but aren't these a bit of a one-shotter? If you could them re-set and repeat then that would be spectacular.
DrBob, Feb 25 2003

       "And as you can see by the extent of growth of the Cladosporium herbarum, Alexander the Great's forces did occupy the Persian province of Bacteria. Um..."   

       I had heard Attila was a fun guy...
waugsqueke, Feb 25 2003

       Pardon me waugs – that’s the “Holy” Roman Empire I’m referring to, not the “Eastern”. I’m missing Attila by only 200 years, and I’d sure love to make that connection (if there is one).
Shz, Feb 25 2003

       Very cultured. +
Worldgineer, Feb 25 2003

       I'm certain that whatever was growing in my sink when I came back from a week of the "parental tour" was in the middle of developing monotheism.
RayfordSteele, Feb 26 2003


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