.' :. ' Meet Stachybotrys!
. .:.' He's a lot of fun, because he's a mold.
.:. .' He likes damp cellulose, and he lives
.' .' under a lot of folks' houses. Sometimes
.'.' a plumber crawls under there to visit him, and
.'.' then they get real sick. Sometimes they die.
.'.' Occasionally, when he feels gregarious, he'll
___...--; ; --.__ come inside your house. When he feels like he
.-":: . . "-. needs an education, he goes to school, just like
.-" .:. .. .:::. '-. your kids. Sometimes he plays the voyuer, and
`. .. '-. moves into the rooms of an old hotel. He likes
.'.: ;. .. ..:" .". .' appartment buildings, office buildings, and
`.: .' `. :. .' even auditoriums! He loves to see what's going
; .:. .-' on, watching from some vantage point, where you
`-._ .. _.-' often don't notice him. He loves to play little
`-.___.--.__.-' tricks on folks, like spreading his spore around,
which is filled with lovely mycotoxins that will do
neat things like cause headaches, suppress your immune system,
make women have longer periods (just what the world needs),
give your flu-like symptoms, and cause increased bleeding.
He's been known to cause pulmonary hemolysis-hemosiderosis in
babies, too. Generically, what he does is cause "Building Sickness".
Nobody wants to talk about him, much, because getting him to move
out is a bitch. The only way to get rid of his toxic spore, is to
vacuum it up. If he's living on your walls or ceiling, you have to
have new ones. He is hard to find, becuase most people don't even know
to look for him. He's a lot of fun...