Hurricane Irene brought hilarious tweets, slip 'n slides, raw sewage....and red mushrooms? Reader Luke Dohner sent us the above photos, and told us he found them this morning across the street from East 2nd Street near Avenue C, where he locks up his bike every day...and they weren't there before the storm! "There are about 100 in this little triangle park, about 8 inches tall, spongy body, and lots of flies. Bright red with a dick head-like shape. Looks like more are coming up today," he wrote us.

We think they may be related to the Phallaceae family of mushrooms, also known as "stinkhorn mushrooms"—they are known for their foul smelling sticky spore masses. As Dr. Casey Simon told the Huffington Post, hurricanes create the perfect climate conditions for mushrooms to grow...including "magic mushrooms," psilocybin (which are noted by their bluish-gray stems). In case you're thinking about going down there and eating them, naturopathic physician Dr. Suneil Jain warned that many mushrooms can be toxic, and shouldn't be consumed unless they've been examined by an expert.

Update: According to Sally Bondor, "my mushroom book calls them the Mutinus Caninus or "Dog Stinkhorn.'" Dog Stinkhorn, which are part of the Phallaceae Family, is generally considered not edible, although it is "probably edible" at the ‘egg’ stage.