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(Fox News)   After million of years of making yellow honey, French bees branch out. Start making blue, green and brown honey   (foxnews.com) divider line 26
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2012-10-06 03:09:44 AM
Wow, they could sell that at a premium. They need to talk the company into NOT covering its waste containers.
 
NFA [TotalFark]
2012-10-06 07:08:46 AM

pecosdave: Wow, they could sell that at a premium. They need to talk the company into NOT covering its waste containers.


You can get any color honey you want. All you have to do is mix any color food dye (like in M&M's) with sugar and water then feed it to the bees. They will make honey from it with the color of the dye.
 
2012-10-06 09:01:35 AM

NFA: pecosdave: Wow, they could sell that at a premium. They need to talk the company into NOT covering its waste containers.

You can get any color honey you want. All you have to do is mix any color food dye (like in M&M's) with sugar and water then feed it to the bees. They will make honey from it with the color of the dye.


That's gotta be what's going on here. Think about it. Unless the M&Ms of all one color are out for a week and closed up for a couple weeks, there's no way there's only one color of honey. If bee's are getting random dye from random M&Ms, it's going to look like raw sewage, not blue or green.
 
2012-10-06 09:02:28 AM
Or just add food

NFA: pecosdave: Wow, they could sell that at a premium. They need to talk the company into NOT covering its waste containers.

You can get any color honey you want. All you have to do is mix any color food dye (like in M&M's) with sugar and water then feed it to the bees. They will make honey from it with the color of the dye.


Or just add food coloring directly to the honey.
 
2012-10-06 09:17:36 AM

nucal: Or just add foodNFA: pecosdave: Wow, they could sell that at a premium. They need to talk the company into NOT covering its waste containers.

You can get any color honey you want. All you have to do is mix any color food dye (like in M&M's) with sugar and water then feed it to the bees. They will make honey from it with the color of the dye.

Or just add food coloring directly to the honey.


That's crazy talk. The first, and far more difficult idea, is better.
 
2012-10-06 09:34:50 AM
"Upon returning to the hive, the insects complete a tongue-to-tongue transfer of their sweet cargo to hive bees."
 
2012-10-06 09:57:44 AM
Red honey causes cancer; green honey makes people horny.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-06 10:04:54 AM
A few years ago a hive in Brooklyn started producing blood red honey.
 
2012-10-06 10:07:24 AM
I don't know where you're getting your honey, but mine's amber. Not yellow.
 
2012-10-06 10:21:26 AM

StoPPeRmobile: "Upon returning to the hive, the insects complete a tongue-to-tongue transfer of their sweet cargo to hive bees."


Well, they are French.
 
2012-10-06 10:46:24 AM

wildcardjack: I don't know where you're getting your honey, but mine's amber. Not yellow.


Well, da-dee-dah, lookit Professor Vocabulary over there.
 
2012-10-06 11:35:25 AM
Ce n'est pas un miel français.
 
2012-10-06 11:40:51 AM
DLAP: «Bees make honey by collecting nectar in a special storage stomach. Upon returning to the hive, the insects complete a tongue-to-tongue transfer of their sweet cargo to hive bees, which process the sugars in their own honey stomachs. The hive bees then deposit the processed mixture in honeycombs, where moisture evaporates out, leaving behind thick, sticky honey.»

Alors, j'aurais dû dire: «Ce n'est pas un vomi abeille française.»

/desolee
//en outre, fixe
 
2012-10-06 11:49:08 AM

jcb274: NFA: pecosdave: Wow, they could sell that at a premium. They need to talk the company into NOT covering its waste containers.

You can get any color honey you want. All you have to do is mix any color food dye (like in M&M's) with sugar and water then feed it to the bees. They will make honey from it with the color of the dye.

That's gotta be what's going on here. Think about it. Unless the M&Ms of all one color are out for a week and closed up for a couple weeks, there's no way there's only one color of honey. If bee's are getting random dye from random M&Ms, it's going to look like raw sewage, not blue or green.


Like all brightly coloured consumer products, M&Ms are manufactured one colour at a time, then mixed together later to make the mixes we see. M&M produces several dozen different colours of M&M, all of them in enormous batches of single colours, one at a time. So while TFA does not make it clear, it's entirely possible, indeed likely, that, yes, they're storing huge quantities of waste M&Ms of single colours per bin. And yes, the bees may be gathering from different ones, which would seem to confound that. But bees tend to choose specific sources at a time, and that would lead to honey production from single colour runs at a time. Also, the blue dye used in the blue and green colours is particularly durable, meaning it may survive better than other food dyes -- which would logically make blue and green honey more likely than most other colours. (It has some other interesting properties, too, such as being a likely emergency prophylactic against debilitating spinal paralysis. Really.)
 
2012-10-06 11:58:00 AM

nucal: Or just add foodNFA: pecosdave: Wow, they could sell that at a premium. They need to talk the company into NOT covering its waste containers.

You can get any color honey you want. All you have to do is mix any color food dye (like in M&M's) with sugar and water then feed it to the bees. They will make honey from it with the color of the dye.

Or just add food coloring directly to the honey.


Hmm. Food colouring is mostly water. I'm not sure what happens if you add a bunch of water to honey.
 
2012-10-06 12:02:33 PM

ZAZ: A few years ago a hive in Brooklyn started producing blood red honey.


Yep. Apparently, they were foraging the runoff from a Dell's maraschino cherry factory.
 
2012-10-06 12:26:54 PM
wait until they find out about Slurm!
 
2012-10-06 12:39:05 PM

blipponaut: nucal: Or just add foodNFA: pecosdave: Wow, they could sell that at a premium. They need to talk the company into NOT covering its waste containers.

You can get any color honey you want. All you have to do is mix any color food dye (like in M&M's) with sugar and water then feed it to the bees. They will make honey from it with the color of the dye.

Or just add food coloring directly to the honey.

That's crazy talk. The first, and far more difficult idea, is better.


What, did you design the Gabriel Knight video games?
 
2012-10-06 12:45:16 PM
Sad to hear the honey isn't going to be sold... www.dtvusaforum.com

...but glad that farkhead Slugworth won't be selling it either.
 
2012-10-06 01:19:02 PM
I've seen honey that was almost black because the bees were feeding on walnut trees.
 
2012-10-06 06:31:33 PM
The bees, which hail from apiaries near Ribeauvillé in France's Alsace region, have acquired a taste for processed sugars at a local biogas plant that processes waste from a Mars chocolate factory

My brain skipped over the biogas part the first time around and I was all like "Dafuq kinda waste from M&M production needs special processing?"
 
2012-10-06 10:13:09 PM
Someone doesn't understand snob marketing.
 
2012-10-07 02:55:13 AM
I wonder how it tastes. Did they just eat the candy coating? Would eating the chocolate give their honey a chocolate flavor?
 
2012-10-07 11:39:49 AM

FuryOfFirestorm: I wonder how it tastes. Did they just eat the candy coating? Would eating the chocolate give their honey a chocolate flavor?


Insects do not eat chocolate. I don't know why.
 
2012-10-07 05:43:16 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Ce n'est pas un miel français.


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2012-10-08 10:27:27 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: ZAZ: A few years ago a hive in Brooklyn started producing blood red honey.

Yep. Apparently, they were foraging the runoff from a Dell's maraschino cherry factory.


I'd pay good money for some red honey.
 
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