Today I learned about Operation MIAS (Missing in Action Stingers). After giving cash & missiles to Afghani Mujahideen to fight the USSR, the US later approved $55m to buy back missiles (then being sold on the black market) to prevent use against American aircraft. The program is considered a "failure." wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
While fighting in WWII Battle of Bougainville, Tony Stein modified a .30 caliber ANM3 Browning aircraft machine gun which he picked up from a wrecked dive bomber into a personal weapon firing 1200-1500 rounds per minute, which he named β€œThe Stinger”. hawaiireporter.com/a-crea…
Wasps and many bees can sting more than once as they are able to pull out their stinger without injuring themselves. Only honeybees have special hooks on their stinger that keep the stinger in the skin after a person is stung. The stinger gets torn out of the bee's body as it tries to fly away kidshealth.org/en/kids/be…
Females insects are the only ones that can sting. This is because the stinger is actually a modified egg ovipositor (an egg laying structure). seeds.ca/sw8/web/pollinat…
Since Japanese honeybees don't have big enough stingers to pierce giant hornet exoskeletons, they instead attack by swarming them in "hot bee balls" and cooking them to death. The friction of the buzzing bees can reach 117Β° F / 47Β° C at the core of the bee ball. youtube.com/attribution_l…
The bees in Candyman (1992) were specifically bred to appear onscreen. The bees were 12 hours old, so that they looked full grown but had less powerful stingers mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Parasitoid Wasps pierce their pointy stingers into other insects. They lay eggs inside the living hosts, and the wasp hatchings eat their way out of the still-living prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Honey bees only die after they sting humans (or other mammals), but are able to repeatedly sting other insects because they can successfully retract their stinger sciencefocus.com/article/…
Honey bees only die after stinging humans and other mammals with thick skin, but are perfectly capable of attacking other insects. Their barbed stinger gets stuck in the thick skin making them disembowel themselves when they try to escape and die. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
Blooms of mauve stinger and Muggiaea atlantica jellyfish covering over 10 square-miles will often form in the northern Atlantic. And has on several occasions wiped out entire salmon farms when they happened to cross their paths. irishtimes.com/news/envir…
Bee stingers are modified ovipositors, so only female bees can sting. beespotter.org/topics/sti…
Today I learned of Tony Stein. On the first day if the assault on Iwo Jima, Stein cleared multiple enemy pillboxes using his custom M1919 machine gun named "Stinger." During the assault he made a total of 8 trips back to the beach to reload on ammunition and carried a wounded soldier on his back each trip. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_S…
The anus of a scorpion is located right below their stinger, and if they lose their tail they can die of not defecating. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Only female wasps can sting, the stinger is a modified egg-laying organ therefore males don't have it. keele.ac.uk/arboretum/art…
Honeybees are the only bees that die as a result of using their stingers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
Queen bees have a smooth stinger which allows them to sting multiple times. They use their stinger to kill off any potential rival queens! beekeepinglikeagirl.com/6…
Male wasps don't have stingers, only females do. Despite this, male wasps still pretend to sting out of instinct. animals.mom.me/how-to-tel…
A comb-jellyfish species called Haeckelia rubra has been observed possessing Cnidocyte (Stingers of true Jellyfish) it shouldn't biologically have. It instead gets them by eating true jellyfish and repurposing the stingers of their prey for their own defense/hunting. faculty.washington.edu/ce…
Today I learned of a saltwater lake that was cut off from the ocean and is completely filled with jellyfish. As natural predators have been sealed off from the lake, the jellyfish have harmless stingers due to evolutionary regression. Swimming in the lake is safe and permitted. atlasobscura.com/places/j…
There is a lake in the country of Palau where jellyfish evolved without stingers after the lake's connection to the sea closed, leaving them isolated from their natural predators. These 'Golden' jellyfish are totally harmless to humans and you can swim with them. diveadvisor.com/sub2o/jel…
Queen Bee stingers are not barbed, and because of this they can sting repeatedly without dying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
There are 27 species of birds known as the bee-eaters, which predominantly eat flying insects, especially bees and wasps. They remove the stinger by repeatedly hitting and rubbing the insect on a hard surface en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
A honeybee’s stinger is made of two barbed lancets. When the bee stings, it can’t pull the stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger but also part of its digestive tract, plus muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture is what kills the bee. thoughtco.com/do-bees-die…
In the 1980s the CIA supplied Stinger missiles to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan to help them take down Russian aircraft. The CIA tried unsuccessfully to buy them back after the conflict. In 2001 it was estimated that the Taliban still had up to 100 of the missiles in their possession. nytimes.com/2001/09/26/ne…
Blue angel slugs collect venom from the Portuguese man o' war, their prey, to create dangerous stingers which protect them from predators en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
'giant scorpions' existed in prehistoric times. Evidence points to an almost 1m long amphibious scorpion with a stinger the size of a lightbulb called a 'Brontoscorpio' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Male platypuses have stingers on their legs that secrete venom strong enough to immobilize a human. The pain is extreme and can prolong for months at a time but is not fatal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
There is a poisonous jellyfish in Australia that is smaller than your fingernail, can 'fire' stingers from their tentacles.has venom that is 100 times more poisonous than a cobra, and 1000 times more powerful than a tarantula! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iru…
As a part of initiation for the Satare-Mare Tribe, a boy as young as 12 must wear gloves woven from bullet ants with their stingers facing inwards, up to a total of 20 times sites.psu.edu/mgeitnerrcl…
A group of South American natives weave hundreds of bullet ants into a glove, stinger facing inward, and place it on a child's hand as part of their initiation rites en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Australia houses a large shrub - the "Gympie Stinger" - that has a sting potent enough to be fatal to humans. Hydrochloric acid is recommended to treat the sting, which is so painful that it caused an officer to shoot himself after using a leaf for 'toilet purposes'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Honey bees die when they sting a human because their intestines are directly connected to their stingers. When the body flies away, the intestines are left behind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
Today I learned of the Irukandji jelly fish. At only the size of a cubic cm, it's sting causes violent pain, burning sensation of the face and strange feelings of impending doom in its victims. It is an active hunter and fires it's stingers at its prey! jellyfishfacts.net/irukan…
The scorpionfly gets its name from the male's genitals, which have a similar position and shape to a scorpion's stinger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mec…
Male wasps and bees lack a stinger as it is a modified ovipositor. askentomologists.com/2015…
Elijah Wood was actually stabbed by Shelob's stinger while filming LotR imdb.com/title/tt0167260/…
The stinger of a jellyfish is the most efficient mechanism of hunting by infecting toxins at 5.4 million g of force in 700 nanoseconds thousands of times per second researchgate.net/publicat…
3rd Rail Train Systems use "Stingers" to manually move trains when they get stuck chicago-l.org/FAQ.html#3.…
One of the initiation rites of the Satere-Mawe people of Brazil involves wearing a glove woven out of leaves and bullet ants, their stingers inward, the most painful insect sting in the world. The boy must wear the glove for 10 minutes and do this a total of 20 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In 1999, Australian programmers reused some code in a military virtual reality simulation, accidentally resulting in kangaroos running away from helicopters and then shooting back at them with stinger missiles sie.arizona.edu/sysengr/O…
(thanks to the reef in a cookie jar) that the Bobbit Worm can hide in reef tanks, grow up to 3m in length, and is covered in hundreds of stingers that can cause permanent nerve damage... blogs.scientificamerican.…
Unlike Honey Bees, Bumblebees are able to sting multiple times, as they do not have a barbed stinger en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bum…
A post-credits scene is called a Stinger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Some species of wasp have metal-tipped stingers and mandibles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich…
Scientists have successfully created venomous cabbage using the venom from the poison in the stinger of a scorpion mnn.com/green-tech/resear…
Only female insects can sting, because the stinger is a variation of the female egg laying organ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovi…
There is a plant called the gympie stinger which is a plant entirely covered with powerful stinging hairs. Its stings can hurt for days or even months, an Australian officer reportedly shot himself after being stung to escape the pain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
A honeybee dies when it stings you because digestive track, muscles, and nerves get ripped out when it leaves the stinger behind. earthsky.org/earth/why-do…
Isoamyl acetate, the chemical used to make artificial banana flavoring, is found in the stinger of honey bees, and serves as a pheromone to provoke other bees to sting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iso…

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