Today I learned of the Schmidt sting pain index, where entomologist Justin Schmidt studied pain levels from 78 stinging insects on a scale of 0 to 4. He described the weak sting of a digger bee as "almost pleasant, a lover just bit your earlobe a little too hard." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Bee's waggle their bodies in the hive when they walk around. They use mathematics to tell other bees the distance, direction and angle to point others towards flowers, water or a new hive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
To make a pound of honey, it takes 50,000 Bee-Miles, kind of like person-hours of labour. The bees have to make two million flower visits to make that pound. wise-geek.com/how-far-do-…
In 2019, a rare bee that was sentenced to death by the UK government because it posed a threat to British species escaped. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
The Hadza tribe from Tanzania find honey by whistling a special tune to a "honeyguide" bird that then leads them to a nearby bee hive. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Bee Gee's wrote "Islands in the Stream" for Marvin Gaye, it was a hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton and then sampled for "Ghetto Superstar". When The Bee Gee's finally recorded their version, they used "Ghetto Superstar " for their final chorus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
There is an Aussie bee that pollinates by head banging eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
From 1999 to 2009 (at minimum), the number of people killed by venomous spiders each year correlated with the number of letters in the winning word of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This fact is deliberate illustrative example of data dredging AKA P-hacking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dat…
There is a bird called the "Honeyguide" that leads humans to bee hives so that it can essentially scavenge the nest for honey after we (people) use tools to harvest said honey! africanhoneyguides.com/
The first recorded MC rap battle occurred in 1981 at Harlem World and was unplanned, when Busy Bee called out Kool Moe Dee, who was in the crowd and asked for a right of reply... (audio in the link) stopthebreaks.com/gems/ko…
There is a Bee Movie musical. youtube.com/watch?v=i3L73…
The National Spelling Bee titled 8 Co-Champions after running out of words in a 3.5 Hour Final. Starting with 562 Contestants, the Final Eight continued for 20 Straight Rounds of Spelling Words without any errors. theguardian.com/sport/201…
The worlds largest bee that was thought to be extinct, was just recently found to still be alive nationalgeographic.com/an…
Honey bee queens live 2-3 years, while worker bees only live 5-7 weeks. Drone lifespan depends on successfully mating with the queen. orkin.com/stinging-pests/…
Dutch authorities created over 300 little "parks" for bees on top of bus stop shelters in Utrecht; roofs are planted with low-maintenance sedum providing a safe habitat for bees. Over 50% of Netherlands' 358 bee species are endangered. Human commuters get with bamboo benches and LED lighting. thisiscolossal.com/2019/0…
Today I learned about Trigona Spinipes, a stingerless bee in Brazil. Their main weapon against predatory animals, including human beings, is to entangle themselves in the victim's hair and buzz loudly. They will also aggressively penetrate human bodily openings such as nasal and auditory orifices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
A species of Orchids– *Ophrys* employs sexual deceit to get pollination done by a species of bee. britannica.com/plant/Ophr…
A man was cooked alive in a 270Β° pressure cooker oven along with 12,000 pounds of tuna. In CA’s largest workplace safety violation settlement ever ($6M), Bumble Bee Tuna agreed to pay $1.5M to the deceased’s family, $1.5M to state government and courts, and $3M to purchase new automated ovens. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
In the film Candyman, Tony Todd negotiated a fee of $1000 for each time he was stung during the bee scene. He walked away with $23000. theguardian.com/film/2019…
When a bee hive becomes too full, bees will form a "Senate" comprised of older, more experienced bees to seek a new location. When a bee finds a good spot, it begins dancing to motion other bees toward it. Then, they vote on it by dancing as a collective until a consensus is reached. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Bees will not build in a gap that is very specifically 6-9 mm in width (but they WILL build in larger or smaller spaces). This discovery, called "bee space", made modern beehives with removeable "frames" for honeycomb possible; otherwise, the bees would just cement everything together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The author of the popular children’s book, Maya the Bee, was also an outspoken anti-Semite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
The SNL skitch β€œThe Barry Gibb Talk Show” uses the music of the Bee Gees' 1975 hit "Nights on Broadway" (with parody lyrics) as its theme en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Sporting long hair was banned for men in Singapore till as recently as the 90s. The ban applied to foreigners too who were made to visit the barber or leave the country. Bee Gees, Kitarō, and Led Zeppelin all were forced to cancel their gigs because they refused to accommodate the policy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Lupines can signal to a bee that the pollen rewards are gone or almost gone. After pollination occurs, the petals change color as a way of saying β€œno more here, try the next flower…” This re-directs the bee to a flower that needs pollination. nrcm.org/blog/first-light…
CPR needs to be done at 100-120 BPM, so Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive is often played on CPR classes to stay on the rhythm procpr.org/blog/training/…
When a bee visits a flower it transfers charge; this affects the electric field in the vicinity of the flower. A second bee can sense this and determine from a distance if the flower was recently visited. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In 2014, scientist Michael J. Smith published a study on where it’s most and least painful to get stung by a bee. Most painful: nostril, lip, and penis shaft. Least painful: skull, middle toe tip, and arm. He won an IgNobel Prize. peerj.com/articles/338/
Wax Worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics (polyethylene) into organic compounds. Wax worms are common insects which evolved to live in bee hives. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Bees that make meat honey exist. The Vulture bee collects and processes meat into 'honey'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
The Bucket Orchid flower attracts orchid bees with a scent, & traps them in their β€œbucket”, the only escape is through a space where the flower grips the bee and glues pollen packets to their back to produce more bucket orchids. britannica.com/plant/buck…
Everybody is technically allergic to bee stings, but only 5 to 7.5 % of people are severely allergic. Melittin, which makes up 50% of bee venom's dry weight, is the allergen that causes red blood cells at the sting site to burst and expand. It's the most important ingredient in the venom. beeculture.com/bee-venom-…
Many non-english languages have no concept of a spelling bee because the spelling rules in those languages are too regular for good spelling to be impressive slate.com/news-and-politi…
The Bee Gees song "Massachusetts" was originally written for The Seekers, but when they couldn't get the song to The Seekers, the Bee Gees recorded it themselves. Their version ended up charting at #1 in 13 countries and became one of the best selling singles in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
0.3% of bee stings can cause a delayed secondary reaction days or weeks after the initial sting medicinenet.com/bee_and_w…
Today I learned about the Bee Hummingbird, the worlds smallest bird. At the biggest it's 5.5 cm and has an average weight of only 1.95 grams. youtu.be/fRw3zaV5ynE
A beekeeper in South Australia taught his Labrador to sniff out an infectious disease that wipes out bee colonies then invented a dog beekeeper suit for Bazz the Beekeeper. abc.net.au/news/rural/201…
Morgan Freeman converted his 124 Acre Ranch into a bee sanctuary in an effort to help bee populations inhabitat.com/morgan-free…
Honey is made from regurgitated flower nectar. The forager bee regurgitates the nectar into another bee, the processor bee, who regurgitates it to another processor bee who is nearer to the honeycomb. huffpost.com/entry/what-i…
In 2012 an employee at a Bumble Bee Tuna factory was killed when he was cooked in an oven with 12,000lbs of tuna. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
The first full size radio-operated military drone was developed in 1935 in the form of the de Havilland DH-82B Queen Bee. Originally developed by the Royal Navy for target practice, it could take off and land without human operation and more than 400 were constructed. vintagewings.ca/VintageNe…
Today I learned about the Texas Redhead Centipede. The centipede can reach a length of 10 inches in the Wild and has 21 to 23 pair of legs. Each leg has stinging capability and delivers a toxic injection similar to a bee sting. earthtouchnews.com/in-the…
Most species of bee are solitary and don't live in hives or colonies, instead nesting in the ground, aerially, or even in old snail shells wildlifetrusts.org/blog/r…
In 1976 a film called "All This and World War II" was released, which included a soundtrack of Beatles covers by various artists such as Peter Gabriel, Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, Elton John, David Essex, Leo Sayer, the Bee Gees, Frankie Laine, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and Tina Turner. allmusic.com/album/all-th…
When β€˜requeening’ a bee hive the new queen must be placed in a cage with some nectar until the hive gets used to her smell, otherwise they will kill her thinking she is an intruder beeculture.com/introducin…
In 1981 the US claimed Vietnam had used chemical weapons on it's own people, saying over ten thousand had died from what was described as 'yellow rain'. The 'yellow rain' was analyzed and found to be harmless bee feces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
Bee-hives fences are used to reduce elephant/human conflicts as elephants have a natural aversion to bees sheldrickwildlifetrust.or…
Bees not only sleep, but also take little bee naps on flowers scienceabc.com/eyeopeners…
The Bee Gees were going to lip sync to a record in the local Gaumont cinema, but as they were running to the theatre, the fragile shellac 78-RPM record broke. The brothers had to sing live and received such a positive response from the audience that they decided to pursue a singing career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
Englishman Dan Harris wanted to help bees struggling in urban areas such as on pavement with no flowers. So he crowdfunded "bee saviour" credit card sized feeders with 3 notches of beekeepers’ formula under a peel-off foil backing to sell for Β£4 via his not-for-profit co-op. theguardian.com/environme…

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