North Korea Invented a Sports Drink That's Made From Fungi

By Ashley Feinberg on at

Once again, North Korea has positioned itself at the forefront of some of the greatest state-of-the-art, trailblazing, pseudo-scientific delusions the world has ever known. This time, in the form of a fungus-based sports drink.

A recent report straight out of North Korea's Central Mushroom Research Institute of the State Academy of Sciences (North Korea's premier mushroom science outlet) describes their incredible find:

[We] succeeded in finding the way to cultivate mushroom fungus and made a functional drink. This natural drink is very effective in enhancing physical ability of sportspersons and recovering from their fatigues.

The report does not, however explain how the drink manages to benefit their illustrious sportspersons, how it's made, or how it tastes. Then again, mystery is what North Korean science is all about. And nothing tops off your weekly meal like a glass full of fungus. [The Guardian via BetaBeat]