It was about five years ago when I was working on a fence post in my yard when I disturbed a nest of bees who came swarming out of the ground and attacked me.  I was swatting them away and the more I swatted the more they kept coming. After several stings, I decided swatting was not the right approach and I just stood a still as possible. How I did it is beyond me.  The bees were crawling all over me.  There were thousands of them covering me from head to toe. They were walking on my face around my eyes and around my neck. Then suddenly, one by one they decided to fly away from me and back toward the bee's nest much to my relief.

I wished I hadn't run and swatted at them because that only led to the 17 bee stings I received that day. I had no idea what was going to happen to me after than. Was I going to swell up all over or what?  I did swell around the sting areas but I apparently was not allergic to them.

I bring this whole story up because I was reading in a recent Time Magazine that a Cornell University graduate student allowed himself to be stung by bees as a school experiment. He was stung nearly 200 times all over his body.  He allowed it to happen so he could study if bee stings hurt more in some parts of the body than others.

I had 17 stings.  He had nearly 200. He wins the Golden Stinger Award. I will gladly allow him to win the award. I still have not been able to uncover his findings of this personal study.  I bet they all hurt.

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