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           TRIVIA TODAY - Monday, June 16, 2008 
       "Six Items a Day of Enduring Insignificance" 

Greetings Infomaniacs,

As much as I love summer, I do not enjoy all the bees 
buzzing around! However, they are pretty remarkable 
creatures (as long as they're not trying to sting me!) 
Here's some interesting trivia that you might not know about 
the bee...


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                    TODAY'S MYSTERY QUOTE 

QUOTE: “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able 
to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on 
flying anyway.”

HINT: (1918-2001), U.S. businesswoman and founder of a 
well-known cosmetics company.


                        RANDOM TIDBITS 

Between 20,000 and 60,000 bees live in a single hive. The 
queen bee lays 1,500 eggs a day and lives for up to 2 years. 
The drone, whose only job it is to mate with the queen bee, 
has a lifespan of around 24 days - they have no stinger. 
Worker bees - all sterile females - usually work themselves 
to death within 40 days in summer, collecting pollen and 
nectar. Worker bees fly up to 14km (9 miles) to find pollen 
and nectar, flying at 24km/h (15 mph).


A worker bee communicates her floral findings by performing 
a dance on the honeycomb. The orientation of her movements 
and the frequency of her vibrations indicate the direction 
and distance of the flowers.


Flowers are pollinated mostly by bees; up to one third of 
all plant pollination on earth are by bees. In short, this 
means that one in every three spoons of food you put in 
your mouth was a direct result of the work done by bees.



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Bees do not have ears, but they have an excellent sense of 
smell with chemoreceptors in their antennae. Bees see 
colors differently than we do. They are insensitive to red 
but detects ultraviolet light which is invisible to us.


The worker bees defend the hive. The muscular barbed stinger 
quickly saw into the skin of the invader and the venom pouch 
begins to contract rhythmically to pump venom into the 


Bees can be used to detect landmines. Tiny radio plates the 
size of a rice grain will be attached to honey bees to 
detect antipersonnel landmines, of which there are about 
100 million in 70 war-torn countries. The tiny radio plates 
are engraved with serial numbers to keep track of the bees, 
which are being conditioned to develop a preference in 
addition to nectar, in this case TNT, or any other material 
that releases metamphenamine. Special spectrometers that 
can "smell" TNT are placed in movable beehives to indicate 
landmines in specific areas. Bees that "smell" of explosives 
can then be tracked to the landmine. The bees won't detonate 
the landmines.


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                  *** Weekly Mind-Scrambler *** 

Pronounced as one letter,
And written with three,
Two letters there are,
And two only in me.
I'm double, I'm single,
I'm black, blue, and gray,
I'm read from both ends,
And the same either way.

What am I?

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QUOTE: “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able 
to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on 
flying anyway.”

ANSWER: Mary Kay Ash.

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