Change The Bee You Wish To See In The World
December 19, 2015 6:29 PM   Subscribe

Breeding Improved Honey Bees was originally printed in 1951, in The American Bee Journal. It is an informative and often dryly amusing introduction to the history and arts of bee breeding. "The honey bee has a definite place in our modern world. Its products of honey and wax are useful to man, although perhaps not essential to all men." Those histories and arts are, as you might expect, covered in bees.
posted by Jon Mitchell (7 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
posted by entropicamericana at 6:30 PM on December 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

This hereby wins the headline award for 2015.
posted by Miko at 7:18 PM on December 19, 2015 [50 favorites]

I will be chuckling about this headline for some time. Well done.
posted by enrevanche at 9:01 PM on December 19, 2015 [6 favorites]

I don't usually read internet jokes out loud to the family, but this post's title was such a beautiful reversal that I was compelled to.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 11:44 PM on December 19, 2015

Eddie Izzard is a treasure, that was wonderful (Thanks for not going the obvious Nic Cage route).

Bee keeping and raising chickens seem to be something that most of my friends talk about with tons of passion. We all live in the city and when people talk about home ownership the subject of chickens and bees inevitably comes up. Almost always. Beats buying eggs and honey, I guess? Maybe we're weird?
posted by Neronomius at 12:31 AM on December 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

No, it's been an enormous trend for about 10 years, chicken raising and, to a lesser extent, beekeeping, in the suburbs as well as cities. You're not weird. There are innumerable resources online if you want to get started!
posted by Miko at 9:10 AM on December 20, 2015

Queen rearing? Oh sure, and look how well that turned out!
posted by squeak at 3:57 PM on December 20, 2015

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