A Mushroom for Christmas?
Few mushrooms have stoked as many legends as the fly agaric. Thought to kill flies, experience does not confirm the species's efficiency in this respect, sprinkled in a bowl of milk in the medieval manner.
Another myth: in 1931, Coca-Cola's publicists were inspired by it when they imagined the red and white costume of Santa Claus. In fact, the jolly good fellow had already been illustrated in an American periodical in 1863, with no reference to the mushroom.