80,000 Bees Create Beautiful 3-B Bottle-Shaped Hive


To promote their new Highlander Honey Whiskey, Dewar’s, a brand of Scotch by Bacardi, has created unexpected and un-BEE-lievable pieces of artwork with their new campaign. (I’m so sorry, but I couldn’t resist.)  In a project called 3-B printing, they placed 80,000 highlander bees into a clear plastic mold and let them do what bees do best.

When the plastic mold was later removed, a bottle-shaped hive of honeycomb was left behind, strangely beautiful, if slightly terrifying.  It’s an innovative project, and we definitely give it kudos for appreciating the greatness of nature and all, but we hope that Dewar’s closeness with their bees won’t lead to an uninvited guest in our drink later on.


Now please fly far far away from my nice whiskey.

To see more about how the bottle and (bonus!) a creepy human bust were made out of the honeycomb, check out the production video below. Just be prepared for some very close and personal shots with the little honey-makers.

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Honey Infographic is Good News for Men with Low Sperm Count, People With Allergies


With spring in full bloom (LOL SEASONAL PUNS), most of us know pollen can affect allergies. But did you know it can increase sperm count? And honey can help alleviate those allergy symptoms that pollen kicked into high gear. And beeswax can basically give you super powers, assuming you consider the ability to see in low light superhuman.

This “Bees & Honey” infographic by S_Gracey shows us the benefits of the main products produced from the hive, from “Royal Jelly” (aka bougie food that only the queen bee gets to eat) to pollen. Once you’re done exploring the numerous ways honey can improve your health and overall well-being, you’ll probably want to keep a jar of it on deck 24/7.

P.S click here for a larger version.

Health Benefits of Honey

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Forget Deadliest Catch – We Want to be Himalayan Honey Hunters

More than 200 people have perished climbing the Himalayas’ Mount Everest, falling victim to some combination of cold weather, altitude sickness, falls from dizzying heights, or the leadership of overly manly men (check out Into Thin Air). Now add the world’s largest honey bees (coming in at up to 1.2 inches) and things get downright terrifying.

As captured in these stunning images from 1987, photographer Eric Valli was intrepid enough to photograph the Gurung men of Nepal on their biannual bee hunt, who dangle from cliffs harnessed on rope ladders and descending many feet below to collect huge swaths of honeycomb. While the men aren’t quite navigating the ice and snow of Everest, they still go as high as 13,500 feet above sea level for precious red honey unique to this region and altitude. This red honey is known for its intoxicating and relaxing qualities and therefore commands a pretty penny when sold.

I’m sure the Gurung know what they’re doing – smoking the bees out of their hive is a solid approach – but an attack by a swarm of giant bees while hanging from a cliff on a rope ladder? The idea gives me vertigo just sitting at my desk.

via Visual News