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July 1, 2005 6:55 PM   Subscribe

Irish man fails to set world bee record. I, too, have failed at this.
posted by jdroth (17 comments total)

 
His feet fell asleep. Irish men often have problems with their feet. They get cold.
posted by jamesonandwater at 7:21 PM on July 1, 2005


He wore only underwear, a back brace and goggles.

Incidentally, this perfectly describes my ex-wife and myself's wedding night.
posted by ford and the prefects at 7:33 PM on July 1, 2005


Irishman to the podiatrist: Me fate is in y'r hands!
posted by longsleeves at 7:35 PM on July 1, 2005


Well, why would anyone care about things like this, for example, when you can get whole bunch of bees to land on your ass?
posted by c13 at 7:42 PM on July 1, 2005


My apartment complex is called the "Bee Hive". There are not any bees here. As exciting as this post is/was, I just had to add that comment.
posted by buzzman at 7:49 PM on July 1, 2005


buzzman: My apartment complex is called the "Bee Hive".

Fate.
posted by StickyCarpet at 9:50 PM on July 1, 2005


I love how no matter what the outcome, this guy was destined to get a news story. Irish Man Fails to Set World Bee Record, Irish Man Sets New World Bee Record, Irish Man Stung to Death by Bees...
posted by danb at 10:03 PM on July 1, 2005


I, too, have failed at this.

Haven't we all. This story interested me because on Monday, when my English friend emailed it to me, my son and I were across on the other side of the island here dealing with thousands of dead bees.

Not our usual daily routine. A friend called who had raised bees for years, then had his hives die last winter due to varroa mites. He hadn't bothered to replace them because he was dealing with other things — specifically, because his long-time wife was given two months to live in May 2004, due to terminal cancer.

She maybe is not going strong, but she still is going, though. Apparently she recently decided that the old home place wasn't the same without bees around, so she asked him to start a new hive. Since he is now in his 70s, he wanted help with cleaning out the old hive frames, and dealing with the thousands of rotting bee carcasses. So off we 'flew' to his aid.

We took along all sorts of clothing to protect against stings, but since we dealt almost entirely with the old dead bees, not the new ones just delivered in the 'nuke' (nucleus) box, that wasn't a problem.

Speaking of the link, the version of the story that I saw (which also has a much better photo) seemed to indicate that the guy thought one reason he couldn't set the record is that they count the bees by weight, and Irish bees are not so hefty as the American ones.
posted by LeLiLo at 10:04 PM on July 1, 2005


Has anyone noticed that the bees do not appear in specific places?
posted by WaterSprite at 10:06 PM on July 1, 2005


Has anyone noticed that the bees do not appear in specific places?

Yes. For some reason, bees cannot hang on to a man's upper thigh. Try it.
posted by Bort at 10:19 PM on July 1, 2005


Science has yet to unravel this mystery.
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:50 PM on July 1, 2005


This is a funny thread.
posted by deafmute at 12:16 AM on July 2, 2005


Nevertheless, the Bee Hive has never had a single bee. !!!
posted by buzzman at 12:28 AM on July 2, 2005


buzzman I find this statement highly suspect. It is especially so when your name is put into account. Buzzman, eh? I think you are compensating for your covert alliance with the bee nation. As Shakespeare wrote, "thou protest too much."
posted by TwelveTwo at 12:38 AM on July 2, 2005


I was sure this must be a misprint for "Irish Man Fails to Set World Beer Record."

On a more sober note, that mite is no little thing. I read recently that 98% of North Carolina's wild bee population has been killed off and the domestics are in trouble. Being a bee keeper these days is fraught with sorrow. Me, I just appreciate every single bee that wanders by to visit my lavender.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:42 AM on July 2, 2005


Well, it is a long way, to Tipperary, it`s a long way to go, with a beard of bees, you know.
posted by Smedleyman at 7:10 AM on July 2, 2005


"I'm covered in BEEEEEES!"
EI
posted by Jon-o at 8:42 AM on July 2, 2005


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