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This Is The Happiest I’ve Ever Seen Anyone About Having Thousands Of Bees In Their Car

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I can’t say that I fully comprehend the deep moral and possibly spiritual lesson I should be taking away from this short yet shocking video of a man happily driving around thousands of bees, but I do realize that I should be taking some lesson away. And I think that’s pretty important. Because watching this tiny little video of a man driving with a huge colony of bees inches from his face and maintaining not just a calm demeanor, but actual, genuine-seeming joy feels important. The incident seemed to happen a bit over a year ago in Huangshan, Anhui Province in eastern China. For whatever reason, it’s come up into the feed of stuff coming up in my internetical feeds today, which is how I encountered this.

So, no, this is not breaking news; the bees could either be gone by now, or they could have built a lovely hive there in the car and are continuing to travel happily in it to this very day. I don’t know, and, I don’t think it’s all that important, because I think the man’s reaction to this swarm of bees is what is really important here.

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Just watch:

He really couldn’t be any less concerned; in fact, he states “what luck,” referring to a Chinese belief that bees were good luck that stems from ancient times. The calm, smiling man notes that he was “driving, and all these bees came in,” which is itself interesting, as I think I would likely have assumed the bees would have entered the car while it was stationary. But why would the bees want to get in the car in the first place? They can fly! They don’t need to use Uber or whatever.

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Bee News, a site that bills itself, unsurprisingly, as the “Bee News Community,” did an article about the car-bees, and notes that the swarming behavior seen here is one caused by a large group of bees leaving one (presumably overcrowded) colony and setting off to found a new one.

The bee-focused publication also reached out to Iowa State University Professor Emeritus Donald Lewis, who added

“Clusters usually remain stationary for an hour to a few days, depending on the weather and the time needed to find a new nest site by scouting bees.”

… which suggests that the man’s thousands of bee friends likely didn’t stick around too long. I do wonder if the mobile nature of the swarm caused any problems for the scouting bees in finding their way back to the swarm? Because even if the swarm thinks its being stationary inside the car, we know that, of course, it isn’t?

By the way, if any of you out there are big fans of Professor Lewis’ etymology work, here’s a video of him talking about Iowa’s vegetable insect pests:

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Hell yeah, you tell ’em, Professor Lewis!

Professor Lewis also noted that the swarm would be unlikely to attack anyone unless provoked, and I don’t think the driver with his thousands of bee passengers is likely to do that.

Most people I know freak the fuck out if there’s a bee in their car. In fact, I think that’s one of the rare times I’ve seen full-grown adults genuinely lose their shit in a small space; but there sits that man, driving with thousands of bees by his head, as likely to freak out as he is to start spitting out individually-wrapped Kit Kat bars.

I still think there’s a lesson here; perhaps we should all endeavor to be more like the driving man, unfazed by thousands of bees.

 

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Mantis Toboggan, MD
Mantis Toboggan, MD
11 days ago

I once read a suggestion that a significant percentage of single vehicle accidents that happen in daylight and clear weather without the vehicle malfunctioning are caused by people panicking when there’s a spider, wasp or other unpleasant bug in the vehicle. Seems likely even if we’ll never know the true numbers. What are the chances that survivors will admit to the cops and insurance company that they were waving their arms around to ward off a bee or frantically slapping their legs to make sure the spider they saw wasn’t crawling up their pants?

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
11 days ago

> etymology

You’re thinking of entomology.

Billy Suter
Billy Suter
11 days ago

People who can’t distinguish between etymology and entomology bug me in ways I can’t put into words.

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
10 days ago
Reply to  Billy Suter

Oh buzz off

(Also, genius comment)

Last edited 10 days ago by Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Ron888
Ron888
12 days ago

Ive heard they cant sting while swarming because they load up with food for the trip and thus cant extend the stinger.I haven’t been tempted to test this claim.For sure there are some losers among them who didnt get the memo,are hungry and annoyed

Paul E
Paul E
12 days ago

The buzz is that the driver was driving a Dodge Super Bee.

Sergey Pan
Sergey Pan
12 days ago

I hope he had “flight of the bumblebee” on repeat while driving

Sergey Pan
Sergey Pan
12 days ago

I would be more like jackass guys in the limo

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
12 days ago

I’d have gotten out of the car immediately because – like the Monkees – I’m a bee leaver.

Last edited 12 days ago by Canopysaurus
My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
12 days ago
Reply to  Canopysaurus

You drive a Kia Stinger?

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
12 days ago

Super Bee.

Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
12 days ago

My Grandpa kept bees and I was fortunate enough to learn the apiary arts from him. The main thing I learned was not to be afraid of them. Yes I got stung many times, but I luckily have no allergy to them and frankly, it stopped hurting eventually such that I even stopped wearing the bee suit (I still wore the hat cause head stings always hurt).

Bee are fucking awesome and no one who isn’t allergic should fear them in any way.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
12 days ago

I thought the beemobile was a Chevy?

AssMatt
AssMatt
12 days ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

[hangs head]
Yes.

A. Barth
A. Barth
12 days ago

Bee: the change you want to see in the world.

Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
12 days ago

He’s probably excited to have the only bees left in China, he’s gonna be rich!

(granted it’s a problem everywhere)

Last edited 12 days ago by Bizness Comma Nunya
SoCoFoMoCo
SoCoFoMoCo
12 days ago

Well, nobody will ask him for a ride now, so that’s a plus!

Chronometric
Chronometric
12 days ago

Driving while buzzed is a crime.

Goof
Goof
12 days ago
Reply to  Chronometric

Way to bee a buzzkill.

Sid Bridge
Sid Bridge
12 days ago
Reply to  Goof

This thread is just gonna drone on.

10001010
10001010
12 days ago
Reply to  Sid Bridge

It’s giving me hives.

Sid Bridge
Sid Bridge
12 days ago
Reply to  10001010

Tell me about it, honey.

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
12 days ago
Reply to  Sid Bridge

You’ve all really shown your stripes here today.

Angrycat Meowmeow
Angrycat Meowmeow
12 days ago

Bee News, a site that bills itself, unsurprisingly, as the “Bee News Community,”

Thank you, I just signed my sister up for their mailing list. I’m sure she’ll be very happy I did that.

10001010
10001010
12 days ago

Oh this is an excellent idea! My sister is going to enjoy this too!

Goof
Goof
12 days ago
Reply to  10001010

Oh boy, my sister is going to enjoy this more than the time I gave her a “Sounds of the Rainforest” smoke alarm as a gift (joke box). “Wake up to your next house fire feeling relaxed and refreshed!”

10001010
10001010
12 days ago
Reply to  Goof

I can’t remember the last time my sister and I sent the other an actual practical and useful gift. Last Christmas sent her a potato from potatoparcel.com with the message, “Did you know you can print a message on a potato?”

Goof
Goof
12 days ago
Reply to  10001010

In my case the box was a joke box sold by The Onion. It was fantastic. She literally thought I bought her some crappy stupid thing.

Inside (this was… 2006?) was a VERY good point-and-shoot Panasonic digital camera, big SD card, and other stuff. Yet she wouldn’t open the box, and instead was sitting there all salty. Eventually my mom (who knew) prompted her to show everyone the smoke alarm, she opened and saw what was actually inside and freaked out.

10001010
10001010
12 days ago
Reply to  Goof

My family is used to it by now, anyone who receives a “bad gift” knows to open it 😉

ES
ES
11 days ago
Reply to  10001010

oh. that’s what you’re supposed to do. trying to be funny, a much younger me once gave an actual lump of coal in a velvet jewelry box from a local goldsmith. not a good christmas dinner.
(to clarify in the context of this thread, the recipient wasn’t my sister).

Last edited 11 days ago by ES
Drew
Drew
12 days ago

I’d be concerned about shutting the door, opening the door, starting the car, driving with the windows down, and driving with the windows up. I feel like any of those actions could be perceived as a threat to the hive. Glad this guy was so happy, though. Looks like it was turning out pretty well for him.

I’d just call a beekeeper to come get them and find them an appropriate hive. Between thinking I could be seen as a threat and worrying I’d mess up their attempt to find a hive location, I’d worry too much to drive with them.

Angrycat Meowmeow
Angrycat Meowmeow
12 days ago
Reply to  Drew

I mean, one of the other articles on Bee News is about a guy dying when bees invaded his car… So… Yeah. https://beenews.newsx.agency/driver-dies-stung-to-death-after-bees-invade-his-car/

Drew
Drew
12 days ago

I’m not allergic, so I don’t think I need to worry too much about that outcome, but I do worry about a swarm both because that’s a lot of stings and because I want them to just go on and create a hive. I don’t want to stress them.

Data
Data
12 days ago

Not the Bees!
*Insert Nic Cage Meme*

Drew
Drew
12 days ago
Reply to  Data

My first thought was a different movie. I immediately thought of Tommy Boy.

My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
12 days ago
Reply to  Drew

they’re huge and their sting crazy!

TXJeepGuy
TXJeepGuy
12 days ago

your firearms are useless against them

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