wet bee diary

Thursday, January 24, 2002
My ex-girlfriend gave me some honeycomb in honey at Christmas, from the french town where she lives while she writes a science fiction novel. Unfortunately it turned black and started smelling all fermented before I could eat any.

Odd stuff from a USA kindergarten teacher...

"Super Bee goes home with well-behaved students. Those are students who listen and follow directions. They are also kind, careful and caring in everything they do!"

"Here is a picture showing Super Bee in love!"

If I may for a moment cast myself as Super Bee, then that picture is quite appropriate. For I too am very much in love: so much so, in fact, that I am marrying my girlfriend who found me the blue bees with whiskery white moustaches. There will be some bees in our wedding ceremony, I'm sure, as the first part of it is going to take place in a lovely Quaker meeting house with a big garden in early July - a time and place where at which bees are normally numerous.

Lady Mary Archer, wife of fraudulent author and blag-fiend Jeffrey was on Radio 4's chat show Midweek yesterday, and admitted to eating deep-fried bumblebees at a Japanese Banquet.


I, Melissa Long Shuter found a broken tailed, sad eyed dispondent black puppy at the KY Humane Society in March 1994. After a long wait of one week filled with visits to the little puppy named Melba, I finnaly was able to take the little black puppy home.

First things first, Melba was renamed Bee. Bee is short for honeybee. Melissa in greek means honeybee. Noting that I did not want to call the dog "Honey," she was named Bee.

Taking puppy leave, I spent the first week at home with Bee, sharing every moment. Within a week Bee, at 11 weeks old, was sitting, laying down, and staying on both verbal and with signed (ASL) commands. "Wow, that was easy," is what I thought. Then came the puppy teen-age years.

"Good Owners, Great Dogs," by Brian Kilcommons guided me during the adolecent days of Bee-dog. Dog psychology 101, this book explains life from a dog's perspective and how as humans we can live together happily.

In August of 1997 Paul Shuter and I were married. It took Bee a bit of time to get used to a new owner in her life. Bee was Paul's first dog. Paul was Bee's first live-in male companion. Together the three of us learn new things about each other daily!

Currently, three and a half years after the adoption, Paul, Bee and I are living happily in Germantown. The family, including Bee, is still learning sign (ASL), playing frisbee, and enjoying life together. Paul and I have decided to model our behavior after Bee, for she is always happy to see us, always forgiving, full of energy and genuinly a pleasant creature.

The world would be a happier place if we were all more like Bee.


a website which appears to be for children contains this statement: (5) HOW DOES THIS BEE FEEL REMEMBER TO ANSWER IN CODE

pertaining to this bee:

which appears to be called a "real-feel bee", judging by the title of the picture file, so I suppose the answer (not in code) would be "real".

If you have a dog and want it to take revenge on bee-kind for their actions (see below), you could buy it one of these to chew:

Or you could if they hadn't been discontinued.

OK, let's re-start with this...

Africanized bee stingers embedded in the area surrounding the dog's closed right eye. The stingers, which appear as tan bits of tissue, consist of barbed lancets, the venom reservoir, sting muscles, and the terminal nerve ganglion.

"Local authorities exterminated the bees, and the animal was taken to a local veterinary clinic where it was pronounced dead and was frozen. About 200 dead bees remained in the animal's fur, with 14 in the oral cavity, six in the stomach, and one under each closed eyelid. No bees were found in the trachea or bronchi; the dog's nares were too narrow to allow bee entry.
"The frozen dog was taken to the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center where stingers embedded in the dog's skin and mouth were removed with No. 5 forceps and counted. To accomplish this task, the coat over the dog's head and ears was carefully parted, and the skin was searched using fingers and forceps, a task that took more than 17 hours. The success rate of this sting discovery method was estimated to be about 98% based on a reexamination of areas that had already been searched. The coat on much of the rest of the body was long, making it difficult for us to continue examining in this manner, and too few stings were discovered to merit the time investment. Instead, 5-x-5-cm samples of fur in each of the main body areas bilaterally were clipped to within 5 mm of the skin; the skin in these areas was examined and the number of stings counted. The counts were then extrapolated over the entire body area to estimate the number of stings in that area.
"The area from the tip of the nose dorsally and laterally back to the eyes and including the lips received the most stings by far. The maximum number of stings recorded was more than 7.8/CM2 on the skin near the nose and 6.1/cm2 on the eyelids (Figure 1). The areas posterior to the eyes, including the ears, received few stings compared with the eyes and muzzle. Many stings were also found inside the oral cavity, mostly on the tongue. Overall, the dog received 2,460 stings to the head or about 1.8 stings/cm2. The remainder of the dog's body had fewer stings, with an estimated total of 845 stings, or 5% as many per unit area as delivered to the head."

it's horrible and it's here