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bee (haiku)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

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! 🙂


19 Responses to “bee (haiku)”

  1. Gabe Lippmann Says:

    angry little bug
    driven to sting by hatred
    leaving self behind

  2. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    Singe their wings with fire.
    Rip their legs off. It’s ok.
    They’re only roaches

  3. J Says:

    calan fears the roach
    irrational, unexplained
    childhood trauma?

  4. calan Says:

    quick change the subject-
    the r word makes my skin crawl
    the weather is nice


  5. Heinrich Says:

    which crawling is the
    problem? the bugs, or the skin?
    or the connection?


  6. Seraphine Says:

    why did he say that?
    angry bug in prison stripes
    angry at the world

  7. dan Says:

    My grandfather tells me about how he used to tie fishing line to the back legs of japanese beetles as a kid. I don’t think they bothered freezing them though.

  8. calan Says:

    dan – i imagine it was challenging to hold those little legs still. hmm, fishing line, huh? that’s a lot thicker than thread. i guess those legs weren’t so little afterall. now i’m picturing japanese beetles the size of cats. eeeek!

  9. Zef Says:

    can’t write a haiku
    mind drawing a complete blank
    needs to have a bee

  10. Rodro Says:

    bee – a word expert
    yet he still spells ‘wussy’ wrong
    or harmful balloon?

  11. Starguy Says:

    Idea stolen
    Zef has taken words out from
    My mouth for himself

  12. Zef Says:

    *hasn’t seen anything similar by Starguy, but does note the similarities to Adam’s yesterday, though honestly just couldn’t think of a haiku and was oddly expressing that in haiku form*

  13. justme Says:

    left behind by the
    mysterious bee die-off
    rage masks loneliness

  14. Chris Says:

    Aww man. I was really enjoying your story until someone died. 🙁

  15. Starguy Says:

    What I meant was I was going to write something similar to what you wrote for this strip but you beat me to it.

  16. Zef Says:

    ahh, okay then 🙂 had me wondering. wording made it sound different 🙂

  17. Adam Says:

    Careful Calan, you’ll upset the roaches again.

    Cool comic this week, I appreciate the buggy theme.

  18. lamer Says:

    Ah, how ingenious
    Our ability to bend
    The will of all life

  19. calan Says:

    thanks adam. 🙂

    awesome haiku, lamer!

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