Canadians Compete For The Best Bee Beard, Nearly Give Me A Heart Attack

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 20, 2013

These brave Canadian beekeepers (awesome band name alert!) are competing in the annual Clovermead Bee Beard Competition, which is, well, exactly what it sounds like. How do they create their buzzing beards? The process is fairly simple, if not terrifying: they place a queen bee in a cage around their necks(!), and wait for their worker bees, who recognize the queen’s scent, to cluster around their master. Beards are judged on size, aesthetics, and the amount of swagger the contestant brings to the runway portion of the contest. Last year’s winning beard weighed in at 3.8 pounds, which translates to more than 15,000 bees. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner breathing into a paper bag. [BBC]