120,000 Hold Appartment Building Hostage

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  1. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/West/08/16/bees.reut/index.html

    Wow, this is just nuts! Brings back memories, though, of pelting bee hives with rocks, base balls and other thrown objects. Never really got stung, though.

    I can't imagine what the cloud of angry bees would have been like, though. Something right out of a horror movie :D And I know if I was a kid living there, I'd probably be one of the rock throwers....

    And that's a lot of honey!

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  2. invaLPsion macrumors 65816

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    Rocks?!!! :confused:

    I preferred my trusty Tippmann 98... :D

    That, or fireworks...

    Never attacked a hive that big, though. ;)
     
  3. emw macrumors G4

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    I'm no bee expert, but I'd think you'd hear 120,000 bees buzzing in your walls...
     
  4. Stelliform macrumors 68000

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    Wow, I guess these weren't killer bees. I can't believe no one noticed the hive before, or if they did notice, why didn't someone take care of it before it grew to 500 lbs!
     
  5. iJon macrumors 604

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    give me a beesuit, some gasoline and a lighter and im good to go.

    iJon
     
  6. mikeyredk macrumors 65816

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    and you will become a pin cushion in no time. with that many bees you might want to get a space suit. Yes!! a space suit, bee suits sometimes fail and you get stung
     
  7. iJon macrumors 604

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    welll it was a cool thought anyways.

    iJon
     
  8. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    You guys are thinking way too small here...

    you need one of these :eek: :D

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  9. ExoticFish macrumors 6502a

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    WOW... where do i put my credit card info? :D
     
  10. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    army surplus flame thrower...I'm sure if you search around in ebay long enough one would show up :D

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  11. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I guess that you are willing to sacrifice the two story building in the process also. Just glad that 80,000 were saved by a beekeeper. Wonder what happened to the honey?

    I disturbed a yellow jacket nest once. It was in a sign, didn't realize they were there. They chased me all the way back to my grandmothers house. I got stung a couple of times.
     
  12. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Wow. My wife FREAKS and SCAMPERS at even the hint of a buzz. She probably would have had a mental breakdown and sat rocking in a corner. Me, I don't mind bees. But I've never faced down 120,000 of them and their 1/4 ton hive. Wow.
     
  13. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

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    If only someone had video footage of the immense black cloud and the ensuing sprint. I keep envisioning something on the level of Steve Buscemi in the beginning of Reservoir Dogs - full tilt.

    Nothing like the adrenaline rush you get from a hive attack. Ahhh youth...
     
  14. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    But its not just the adrenaline - its something you rarely get as an adult, or I should say *should* rarely feel. That fun, stupid adrenaline rush when you get all pumped up because you know you have done something devilishly idiotic and wrong on purpose ;)

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    Three words: Los Angeles traffic. :D
     
  16. krimson macrumors 65816

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    2 cans of Triflouroethane (TFE or DFE) aka canned air. Flip it upside down, spray into the entrance. That should freeze enough of them to block escape, then you pump the other can in, light it, and watch all the oxygen get sucked out.
     
  17. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    You'd still have to manage to get close to this mega hive. I'm sure that one of this size would have a huge entrance to accommodate all the bees coming and going....

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  18. wdlove macrumors P6

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    This would be a very important thing for those involved with the bees if they have an allergy.

    Study: Allergy Shots Reduce Reactions To Bee Stings

    Doctor Recommends Shots For People Who Don't Outgrow Insect Allergy

    POSTED: 12:06 pm EDT August 16, 2004
    Summertime can bring additional risks for children who are allergic to bee stings. But the good news is that most kinds outgrow such allergies

    http://www.thebostonchannel.com/health/3656824/detail.html?treets=bos&tml=bos_health&ts=T&tmi=bos_health_1_12150008172004
     
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    Don't forget one of these, one would assume that it's better than some flimsy netting around your head!
     
  20. Capn_Moho macrumors member

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    *sniff*

    Reminds me of Metroid Prime.

    I want pictures of the hive.

    I'll trade pictures of flames shooting out of my apartment building for anyone who can find them!
     
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    It seems humans (and their primate relatives) are the only species in possession of the "f*** with factor" and this hive attack is just one of many examples. I remember fishing as a kid with some friends and a huge turtle popped its head out of the water about 20 yards from shore. Instantly, and I repeat instantly, we were scrambling for rocks, bricks, sticks, logs - anything with mass (roll sound of pond splashings).

    I may be wrong but raccoons don't storm packed 4th of July patios just for the hell of it. Nor do bears enter towns or campgrounds unless they are hungry. Crocs will take to backyard pools if they need to cool off, not to scare the bejesus out of some lavender-panted geriatric Floridian. :D
     
  23. comictimes macrumors 6502a

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    umm... isn't that the point of allergy shots :confused:
    But yeah, I generally don't mind bees all that much, but that many of them would be really creepy. In 5th grade, there was one of the underground nests, and someone I knew stepped on it and kept his foot there for like 5 minutes... those bees (yellowjackets? wasps? I can't remember...) were not happy...
     
  24. krimson macrumors 65816

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    Update:

    LA Times reports that officals have confirmed that there were actually 3 connnected hive complexes, and that the bees were africanized. A dog that was tied to a nearby tree was stung over 100 times and died on friday.
     

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