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(Yahoo)   To the traditional sounds of an English summer - the droning of lawnmowers, the smack of leather on willow - has been added a new noise: the sound of people screaming in agony as they are stung to death by killer bees   (uk.news.yahoo.com) divider line 53
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2014-05-04 08:47:57 PM  
Bees, Subby?

combat the threat of the Asian hornet, a predatory bee species that feasts on other insects and is capable of wiping out honey bee hives.

Huh, learn something new every day.
 
2014-05-04 09:05:37 PM  
The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?
 
2014-05-04 09:10:46 PM  
WU TANG FOREVAH!
 
2014-05-04 09:10:59 PM  
The dog's meat, have you seen it?
 
2014-05-04 09:11:03 PM  

"...combat the threat of the Asian hornet..."


With a helpful pic of an Asian Hornet:


i26.tinypic.com

 
2014-05-04 09:11:43 PM  
 
2014-05-04 09:12:13 PM  
Before reading the article, I was wondering about how the South American killer bees had bypassed us and gone to Britain. But I see it is a different bee, altogether.

/What happened to the "killer bees" that were supposed to invade the US?
 
2014-05-04 09:17:03 PM  
"Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?
 
2014-05-04 09:17:18 PM  

skinink: "...combat the threat of the Asian hornet..."
With a helpful pic of an Asian Hornet:
[i26.tinypic.com image 710x500]


Me and Bruce Lee go back to 1966 in real time when I watched him on TV as Kato on the Green Hornet. Was at the age young enough to be gaga over superheroes on TV. But by the time Bruce Lee was making movies, I was a teen and "too cool" for that stuff. Swim team and a high school that took studies serious, etc.
 
2014-05-04 09:19:06 PM  
But I see it is a different bee.
 
2014-05-04 09:19:07 PM  

bizzwire: The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?


jaytkay: "Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?


Cricket bat == willow, cricket ball == leather.
 
2014-05-04 09:19:10 PM  
Vespa velutina nigrithorax. Nigrithorax. Nigrithorax. Nigrithorax. LOL, that's racist.
 
2014-05-04 09:19:44 PM  

jaytkay: "Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?


Cricket.
 
2014-05-04 09:22:21 PM  

TheOther: jaytkay: "Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?

Cricket.


No, crickets make a completely different noise.
 
2014-05-04 09:23:09 PM  
First it was the fleas and now they ship in the bees. Those crazy, crazy Chinese.
 
2014-05-04 09:25:28 PM  
Half a killer bee, philosophically, must ipso facto half not killer bee.

/killer bees? why no killer A's?
 
2014-05-04 09:25:49 PM  

Phil McKraken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHixChYgGRI&feature=kp

/oblig


Just saw them in Boston a few days ago.  Great show.  Also +1 to Subby for egregious alteration of the lead-in.
 
2014-05-04 09:26:08 PM  

spasemunki: Cricket bat == willow, cricket ball == leather.


I see. Thank you. The reference is totally lost on Americans.
 
2014-05-04 09:27:16 PM  
If subby is using "smack of leather on willow" as an euphemism, I got new for you. That is a four season sport.
 
2014-05-04 09:28:28 PM  
People dying from anaphylactic shock after being stung is hardly the same thing as screaming in agony as they're being stung to death. Allergic reactions to bee stings are deadly, but it doesn't take a swarm of them attacking you to do you in.
 
2014-05-04 09:31:29 PM  

SpdrJay: TheOther: jaytkay: "Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?

Cricket.

No, crickets make a completely different noise.


/Buddy Holly reference, thanks for chirping in.
 
2014-05-04 09:31:45 PM  

spasemunki: bizzwire: The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?

jaytkay: "Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?

Cricket bat == willow, cricket ball == leather.


Thanks for the clarification. I thought it was an allusion to some form of preparatory school sodomy.
 
2014-05-04 09:43:03 PM  

bizzwire: The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?


www.cosplayisland.co.uk

Well, you see, there was this one time, at band camp...
 
2014-05-04 09:46:10 PM  
Ouch. I mean I understand her music career ain't exactly living up to dad's expectations and all but...
www.vistelacalle.com
 
2014-05-04 09:47:26 PM  
images.cryhavok.org
 
2014-05-04 09:48:40 PM  
www.hubavo.info
 
2014-05-04 09:51:13 PM  
I now have the song stuck in my head

with visions of many hued beetles


little fluffy clouds
 
2014-05-04 09:52:11 PM  
something something whip her hair back and forth
 
2014-05-04 09:53:03 PM  
The skies...they wen't on forever
 
2014-05-04 09:55:06 PM  
www.ar15.com
 
2014-05-04 10:03:24 PM  

skinink: "...combat the threat of the Asian hornet..."
With a helpful pic of an Asian Hornet:
[i26.tinypic.com image 710x500]


You know that's actually a doll?

Kato and the Green Hornet taking a break...just hanging out. NTTAWWT.
api.ning.com
 
2014-05-04 10:08:50 PM  

Mad_Radhu: bizzwire: The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?



Well, you see, there was this one time, at band camp...


Came for Willow. Leaving sticky.
 
2014-05-04 10:09:42 PM  

Unobtanium: Before reading the article, I was wondering about how the South American killer bees had bypassed us and gone to Britain. But I see it is a different bee, altogether.

/What happened to the "killer bees" that were supposed to invade the US?


They're as far north as Oklahoma and as far east as Mississippi.  Not sure how far west they've made it.  However, they're breeding with local honeybees and calming down.  It's not altogether a bad thing, either -- they produce more honey than standard honeybees.

/I am a mead-maker
//I read about these things
///I <3 slashies
 
2014-05-04 10:19:06 PM  
GIVE ME YOUR POLLEN!
media.tumblr.com
 
2014-05-04 10:27:16 PM  
JasonOfOrillia
Huh, learn something new every day.


30 Japanese Giant Hornets kill 30,000 Honey Bees [youtube]

IIRC, European honey bees are helpless against them while Asian honey bees have adapted and figured out a defense: they enclose an attacking hornet in a ball of bees.
A bunch of bees clumped together in a ball can generate quite some heat through vibration (it's how bee hives survive freezing temperatures).
The honey bees can bear higher temperatures than the hornets, so if a hornet can't fight its way out of such a ball, the rising temperature inside will eventually kill it.
 
2014-05-04 10:42:12 PM  
i remember what clouds were like when I was young! Bless you subby. Haven't listened in ages. For the rest of you "Too Obscure" goes here: Fluffy little clouds
 
2014-05-04 10:51:10 PM  

HotWingAgenda: [images.cryhavok.org image 800x600]


Thanks awfully.
 
2014-05-04 10:55:28 PM  
onlineworldofwrestling.com

Those guys were awesome.
2nd best after The Hart Foundation.
 
2014-05-04 10:57:31 PM  
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is drafting plans to combat the threat of the Asian hornet, a predatory bee WASP species that feasts on other insects and is capable of wiping out honey bee hives.

Dammit, there's a difference between bees and wasps.  They're not even THAT closely related - they're part of the same taxonomic suborder.  That's the same taxonomic difference as between a dog and a bear.
 
2014-05-04 10:57:51 PM  
Ya know that guy who played Kato? He's a really big Chinese pop singer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at6xNbTEeXwhttps://www.youtube.com/wa t ch?v=at6xNbTEeXw

Cheesy as can be but still interesting to watch.
 
2014-05-04 11:10:54 PM  

fasahd: i remember what clouds were like when I was young! Bless you subby. Haven't listened in ages. For the rest of you "Too Obscure" goes here: Fluffy little clouds


Fluffy little clouds?  Really?
 
2014-05-04 11:16:24 PM  

bizzwire: spasemunki: bizzwire: The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?

jaytkay: "Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?

Cricket bat == willow, cricket ball == leather.

Thanks for the clarification. I thought it was an allusion to some form of preparatory school sodomy.


Same here, but as it's fark, it was expected.
 
2014-05-04 11:32:21 PM  
Little Fluffy Clouds! The song played in my head as I read the headline. Well played subby. Going to listen to a lot of early 90s electronic music tonight now.
 
2014-05-04 11:42:54 PM  

keithdcmoore: Little Fluffy Clouds! The song played in my head as I read the headline. Well played subby. Going to listen to a lot of early 90s electronic music tonight now.


I kind of miss Internet Radio Free Underground, I wonder what happened to the folks that ran that website
 
2014-05-05 12:48:20 AM  
What were the flies like when you were young?
 
2014-05-05 01:07:50 AM  

Porous Horace: What were the flies like when you were young?


They were red and blue and... well mostly Mosquitos here.
 
2014-05-05 01:54:22 AM  

Mad_Radhu: bizzwire: The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?

[www.cosplayisland.co.uk image 850x637]

Well, you see, there was this one time, at band camp...


Yeah, I tried to make sense of "crack of leather on willow" and my brain came up with
1) hitting a willow tree with a whip. why would you do that?
2) exactly what you did.
3) is that some kind of crazy "whipping willow" pun? Or maybe subby has been mishearing the name of the tree his entire life?

/American, no cricket here
 
2014-05-05 06:07:20 AM  

Mad_Radhu: bizzwire: The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?

[www.cosplayisland.co.uk image 850x637]

Well, you see, there was this one time, at band camp...


Quite a few times, in my bunk.
 
2014-05-05 07:36:28 AM  

loonatic112358: I now have the song stuck in my head

with visions of many hued beetles


little fluffy clouds


And when it would rain....

/was in love with that voice from a very young age.
 
2014-05-05 07:53:26 AM  
These aren't cute little bees we're talking about. They're basically dragons of the insect world. They must be destroyed.

All of them. Every last one of them. With fire.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
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