el diablo robotico (platypus) wrote,
el diablo robotico
platypus

This article about bee stings is interesting. It says the method of stinger removal is less important than getting it out right away, so don't delay looking for a credit card or whatever. But do get to safety, in case more bees are coming after you.

Also, ow:
All stings were self-administered. The area to be stung was cleaned with alcohol. We collected a worker honey bee as she flew from her hive, grasped her by her wings, and pressed her against the skin of the inside of the subject's forearm until she stung.
But this line is what intrigued me: "10% of people in a poll in the UK reported having been stung." I'm not sure why UCR is using UK stats, but anyway: are bee stings less common in the UK than in the US? Is 10% a normal number? Am I less unusual than I thought, making it to 30 before I had my first sting? (Actually, I was stung by a wasp; it didn't leave a stinger. I'm assuming that most people polled, when asked if they've been stung, are not making a distinction.)

So, of course, we need a highly unscientific poll:

Poll #1397784 bee-stung lips (and other things)

Have you ever been stung by a bee/wasp/hornet/yellow-and-black-striped-stingy-thing?

Yes
12(32.4%)
No
4(10.8%)
Do chiggers count?
0(0.0%)
What's a chigger?
0(0.0%)
My chigger bites are now INFECTED!
0(0.0%)
I've played Adventureland and recognized that reference
0(0.0%)
"Bee-stung lips" is a really unappealing romance-novel description, because OW
1(2.7%)
That's a gnat in your icon
0(0.0%)
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