May I bee the first to say
Well done on that headline, it'll create quite a buzz I'm sure. The Reg editorial office is clearly a hive of activity today.
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The California Highway Patrol drafted in apiarists and Romanians this weekend after a truckload of beehives toppled on Highway 99, leaving 440 colonies strewn across the freeway. The commuting workers, and their queens, were set loose when the truck flipped over on the on-ramp to the highway heading north, toppling the …
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I am reminded of returning home late one night to find that a truck loaded with sheep had overturned on the M61/A580 junction in Manchester. While feeling very sorry for the poor sheep, the sight of some 30 + policemen - some wearing wellies - chasing terrified sheep all over the motorway and surrounding fields was priceless.
Where is the videocam when you need it.
reminds me of when a sales girl phoned saying she'll be late because she was stuck behind a lorry load of blood which had popped on the m6
when she did arrive everybody popped down to take a look at the car, it looked like an extra from death race, theres only so much squirty wipers can manage
not sure if it was black pudding related or not
yeah right... like any goverment will ever bother to spend money on research when they already have it(in secret reports),
They simply dont want to let the (bee!) out of the bag, that thier gazzilions of $$$ they get in back handers from the Mobile industry is the cause of all the insects making a bee-line to the coast to escape the death rays from all those masts.
They will never spend money, so long as they can inport bees from Australia, so when they too start suffering CCD there, then all hell will really break lose.
black helicopter cos its a Government conspiricy (you really need a evil-bushy icon)
mines the silver suit with the funny hat...
Shit, it was exciting enough when I was a teen and merely one colony (on the move of its own volition) decided to take a rest in the midst of our school. 440 colonies worth of bees (minus a relative few that didn't survive the crash) would look bloody impressive.
Good that they worked to safely remove them - our stupid Principal got someone in to kill the colony at our school (rather than waiting for it to move on by itself or getting an apiarist to come and capture the queen) because it was "a risk to students' lives" (and spraying cyanide powder over the swarm was not?)
I can imagine a truck load of bees overturning. But here in Virginia we have transport trucks with Chickens, and Turkeys. Nothing is worse than following a Chicken or Turkey semi - truck in 90 degree heat in the summer time.
Feathers flying everywhere (these are wiremesh cages - trucks have no sides, tops or bottoms). Bird shit dropping on the windshield. The smell alone is enough to want to vomit even when inside the car.
Last year alone, I had to wash Turkey shit off the car (a white wagon) at least three times- due to extensive travel in the Western half of Virginia on I-81, and I64.
Now imagine 1000+ turkeys on a farm near the highway, in 90 degree heat in the summer time - we have that here in Virginia also.
I think I would prefer the bees any day. Even when I got stung 6 times last year by Hornets that were almost 2 inches in size.