I feel like I’ve posted about this before, but my research suggests that it would have been long before I switched over to this blog backend, which means any mention of these “mushrooms” would be lost to the aether. But yeah, scattered about San Francisco’s downtown are these little water valves which someone has cunningly painted to resemble Mario’s red-cap mushrooms. Charming! Nerdy! What a heckuva town, etc.
Or so I thought! Upon close examination this afternoon I realized that those white spots look much less like paint than they do bird droppings.
I assume this was the inspiration for the poison mushrooms in The Lost Levels.
Bonus joke: It was probably also the inspiration for the rest of Lost Levels’ crappy gameplay, too.