British government terrorism expert David Anderson revealed that honey bees and wasps have killed as many people as terrorists in the last 10 years in the UK, with no-one even injured by fanatics in the last 2 years
“The annualised average of five deaths caused by terrorism in England and Wales over this period compares with total accidental deaths in 2010 of 17,20,” the Barrister and official Terrorist ‘watchdog’ wrote in his annual report, published this week, “Including 123 cyclists killed in traffic accidents, 102 personnel killed in Afghanistan, 29 people drowned in the bathtub and five killed by stings from hornets, wasps and bees.” (Telegraph: http://bit.ly/OwXXzl )
His recognition of the deadly threat posed by the much-feared insects made no reference to the additional danger they present via ‘mad honey disease’, an ancient previously rare condition, which scientists in Miami reported in 2006 was dramatically on the rise.
"Mad honey disease has the potential to cause death if untreated," the honey researchers explained, "Because of the increasing preference for natural products, intoxication induced by consumption of honey will increase in the future," they predicted. (Independent).
Further alarming news about reckless, potentially sociopathic bees emerged from Australia in 2009 when scientists who dabbed doses of cocaine on bees’ backs discovered that the coked up insects behaved just like humans on the drug, talking too much, losing their inhibitions and crashing badly when they ran out of the drug.
“Rather like a cokehead in a crowded nightclub, cocaine made the bees much more enthusiastic communicators,” study chief Dr Andrew Barron from Macquarie University in Sydney revealed.
“This was not simply because they were generally more energetic: the extra enthusiasm was in order to communicate with nest mates,” he added. (Guardian: http://bit.ly/px9z )
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