While i was doing the artwork on this week’s strip i was reminded of an oddity worth sharing.
When I was a kid, directly across the street from my house lived these twin boys. They were about 8 years older than me and realy ‘geeky’. While boys their age like my brother were sneaking beers in the basement, these two were standing on their front steps in the pouring rain trying to photograph lightning. On a warm summer day, when everyone was playing kickball in the street, the twins were catching bees and putting them in their freezer. I’m not kidding.
Now, apparantly if you dont leave the bee in the freezer too long it will not die but it wont move around either. They had worked out just the right amount of time to freeze bees and wasps without killing them. They would remove them from the freezer and tie thread around them. I swear I’m not making this up. In a short while, the insect would come around and the twins would hold the other end of the string and fly their little bug kites or whatever you want to call it. I have no idea what the purpose was.
Interestingly enough, one twin grew up to be an entomologist and was working in a remote part of Africa when he was tragically killed in a freak car accident. It’s sad because apparantly he was putting all his buggy knowledge to really good use.
Before I go, let me make it clear I don’t think torturing insects is cool, except for roaches. I don’t give a crap what you do to roaches.
See you next week!