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Brooklyn bees prefer maraschino cherry juice to nectar

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small h Nov 30, 2010 05:20 PM

"It seems natural, by now, for humans to prefer the unnatural, as if we ourselves had been genetically modified to choose artificially flavored strawberry candy over strawberries, or crunchy orange “cheese” puffs over a piece of actual cheese. But when bees make the same choice, it feels like a betrayal to our sense of how nature should work. Shouldn’t they know better? Or, perhaps, not know enough to know better? "

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/nyr...

Yet another sign of the apocalypse. How many is that, now?

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    yfunk3 RE: small h Dec 1, 2010 08:44 AM

    I kinda get it. Brightly-colored and probably a lot sweeter than anything that comes out of a plant of any kind. Not really a sign of doom for me, just bees doing what they were programmed to do.

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      small h RE: yfunk3 Dec 1, 2010 12:39 PM

      I was kidding about the apocalypse. The quote I pasted into my original post just reminded me of people who use the wisdom of animals as a way to gauge how worthwhile a food is, along the lines of saying "even my dog refuses to eat Spam."

      I do feel bad for the people who were counting on harvesting some honey. It's gonna be tough to unload that bee-made red stuff.

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        yfunk3 RE: small h Dec 1, 2010 04:40 PM

        Oh, I know my post came across as deadly serious (heh), but I totally didn't mean it to. I was just saying I get why the bees are attracted to it and that I'm not worried that there's something wrong with nature or that the maraschino cherry people are evil or anything because of it! Dogs eat people food all the time, including chocolate that can kill them, right?

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          Sal Vanilla RE: small h Dec 1, 2010 09:49 PM

          You might bee surprised. LOL.

          I bet that red honey will be snapped up.

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            tcamp RE: small h Dec 2, 2010 06:05 AM

            The "wisdom of nature" angle certainly caught my attention when I first saw the bee story. My dog wolfs down any disgusting crap he can find, inside or out, so I've never been too impressed by nature's wisdom anyway but I was a bit surprised by the bees' maraschino lust.

            And, frankly, a bit curious. I'd probably buy some of that honey in a heartbeat.

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              small h RE: tcamp Dec 2, 2010 06:16 AM

              If I see it at Union Square, I'll post post-haste. I'd be interested in tasting the stuff, although "metallic" is not one of my favorite flavors. But I like maraschino cherries, in moderation.

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                emily RE: tcamp Dec 2, 2010 08:45 AM

                One of my dogs ate cat poop, so, yeah, I wouldn't judge what to eat and not eat based on a dog's preferences.

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            Sal Vanilla RE: small h Dec 1, 2010 11:40 AM

            Oh my gosh that was a funny article. I have taken to reading such things as if they are parodies or spoofs.

            A bee should not be attracted to an easy, compact energy source?

            I wonder if she feels shame when she buys food from the grocery instead of growing/raising her own. I know I feel grave disappointment in her over that.

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