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2014-02-12 01:22:55 PM
BEES.
MY GOD.
 
2014-02-12 01:24:06 PM
Adapt or die off.
/ Unless your a creationist then *POOF* magic.
 
2014-02-12 01:25:10 PM
Meanwhile, hipster bees continue to fashion hives out of papyrus they make themselves.

/that's right, honey papyrus
//you've probably never heard of it
 
2014-02-12 01:27:48 PM
What a hipster bee family might look like:

cdn.sheknows.com
 
2014-02-12 01:40:52 PM
Welcome to the 1950s, bees.  Way to keep up with the times.

/Wait 'til they discover bellbottom pants.
 
2014-02-12 01:45:11 PM
Wrong, subby.  Here's what the hipster bees and their keepers are doing: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/los-angeles-abuzz-over-push-for-urban-bee k eeping/
 
2014-02-12 01:46:59 PM
What a hipster bee looks like
tvmedia.ign.com
 
2014-02-12 01:52:43 PM

rkiller1: Wrong, subby.  Here's what the hipster bees and their keepers are doing: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/los-angeles-abuzz-over-push-for-urban-bee k eeping/


I'm all for bees 100%, but I doubt I'd ever eat the honey from a hive in an urban area with all the pesticides/pollution/etc.

/apiarist
//2nd and 3rd hive going in as soon as the snow starts to melt
 
2014-02-12 01:57:19 PM
31.media.tumblr.com

/you thought of it too
 
2014-02-12 02:02:34 PM

Savage Bacon: Meanwhile, hipster bees continue to fashion hives out of papyrus they make themselves.

/that's right, honey papyrus
//you've probably never heard of it


Honey Papyrus?  I haven't seen her in years!  Did they reopen the Sex Caldron?
 
2014-02-12 02:47:15 PM
img.fark.net

That's right, Urban Bees!
 
2014-02-12 02:47:43 PM

Harry Freakstorm: Savage Bacon: Meanwhile, hipster bees continue to fashion hives out of papyrus they make themselves.

/that's right, honey papyrus
//you've probably never heard of it

Honey Papyrus?  I haven't seen her in years!  Did they reopen the Sex Caldron?


They did! Even added some new features, like clear PVC Sybians!
 
2014-02-12 02:57:25 PM
That's pretty farking cool.
 
2014-02-12 03:01:22 PM
Frankly, I'm more concerned about what's in the honey.
http://rt.com/art-and-culture/green-honey-mms-france-744/
rt.com
 
2014-02-13 10:21:09 AM
The cool thing about this is not so much the bees have adopted a new modern building-material, but that it may prevent colony collapse disorder by killing or discouraging parasites. While humans argue about whether pesticides or overwork are killing the bees, the bees have (inadvertently) applied material science to the problem and may have solved it themselves. Ha! Stupid, stupid humans! as the ham from Plan Nine from Outer Space is wont to say.

How smart is a bee hive or an ant colony (like Hoftstader's Aunt Colony in Gödel, Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid)? We may never know, but bless the bees any way. In some ways they are smarter than we are. And they are certainly more vital to the world economy. Most humans can be replaced with drones if they aren't drones already. Bees pollinate one quarter of our crops and only God knows how many other plants. Ants are vital movers of soil and fill a number of other important niches. They even do a bit of pollinating themselves.

Birds and many other animals use bio-weapons against parasites. Herbs (such as lavender) are often used in nests. They reduce parasites. Many animals eat something toxic for the same purpose of parasite control or to fend off predators. For example the lovely and well-known Monarch butterfly feeds on milkweed, which is toxic. It has mimics that look a lot like it. Even your dog, stupid as he may be, eats grass which probably has medical functions.

By the way, aunt should be pronounced ont as in ontology, not ant. I don't say this because of dialectal prejudice or Anglophilia. I just hate ant puns.
 
2014-02-13 10:35:48 AM

SpaceBison: Frankly, I'm more concerned about what's in the honey.
http://rt.com/art-and-culture/green-honey-mms-france-744/
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Well, that explains the green eggs* and ham.

Mmmmm ... green honey roast ham. I think I like it, Sam I am.

*Some chickens naturally lay greenish eggs for various reasons. They are prized by some egg hipsters and fans, so if you want green eggs with your ham, I recommend hard or soft boiled so that people can appreciate the lovely color of the shells. The eggs are the same inside the shell.

I thought maybe the bees were storing something other than honey--royal jelly perhaps. But it turns out that you should not feed your bees M&Ms. (Or Smarties if you are British or Canadian).

The green honey does look nice though, like green jelly. I'd buy some and never use it. I'd also go with red honey. I don't care for the blue.

Honey tips
Honey that has crystallized can be refreshed. For example, you can place the jar in boiling water and add a little water to the honey, stirring it in as the honey liquifies. Or you can put the honey directly into a small sauce pan (a bit messier but if you want to preserve the label on the jar, worth the extra effort).

You can also make a mock honey by boiling water with sugar and the right flowers.

My Mother's recipe calls for 24 white clover, 24 red clover and a rose, but I find that using dried orange blossoms or the like works just fine. You are basically making a very over-sugared infusion or tisane (aka "tea")  of orange blossoms. Some flowers don't taste good and others are toxic, so stick with the obvious ones: clover and orange blossom, maybe a bit of camomile.

Make sure the flowers haven't been contaminated with pesticides or such.

Tastes just like store-bought honey (although not the best honey, which actually contains honey). The Chinese are faking a lot of honey, probably more or less the same way my Mother's recipe does. But if you make your honey yourself, you know what goes into it.

If the mock honey crystallizes, you can refresh it the same way as the real thing. The real thing may be healthier unless you are allergic to pollen.

There, that's my good deed for the day. Back to dastard bastardy. Just kidding. I am a nice guy, just irritable.
 
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