Hmph! Like those supposedly complacent frogs, another myth should be exposed, for it only gives false hope.
People not looking for devils might want to know what the crumpety thing is. It's the spore side of the bracket fungus Phaeotrametes decipiens, a species said to be found (this specimen complied) on casuarinas (otherwise known as she-oak ). She-oaks are named that way to test us. They are the trees that people from other continents think on sight, are pines, having what foreigners call needles, and also cones that are not cones. Casuarinas hold their laughter as well as their scent.