bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Friday, June 11, 2004

Who's counting?

A report is going the rounds in a lot of US papers including USA Today about a Floridian with a supposed 700,000 bees in his roof. Apparently, the weight was threatening to collapse the roof of the West Palm Beach home.

So you might guess that with 700,000 bees, there would be an awful lot of honey. Well, it filled four buckets — a miserable 65lbs (about 30kgs). I'm not sure who was counting these bees — the reported 700,000 would be the equivalent of about twelve very healthy colonies.

To date, I've spotted about 50 versions of this story on the web — just maybe because someone somewhere slipped an extra nought into the number. So now you know how to make the news.


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