|Spheksophobia - fear of wasps|
|Apiphobia - Fear of bees|
I watched a movie last night called The Swarm. It was released in 1978 by Irwin Allen as the disaster movie of the year, and it was a disaster. The cast consisted of - wait for it -Michael Caine, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray, Jose Ferrer, Richard Chamberlain, and Olivia deHavilland. It is my guess that all of them had gambling debts to pay off, and didn't want a visit from Rocko and Luca late some night. I can't think of any other reason these actors would be in this movie, especially Olivia! I also can't think of any sane reason why I would watch it. However, I was tired and lazy last night, and just watched what was on because the remote was on my desk, all the way across the room.
I have a paralyzing fear of bees and wasps. It's so bad that all I have to hear is hummm and bzzzzz and my heart starts racing, perspiration breaks out on my forehead and I can hardly move. I don't know where it came from -- I was stung a few times as a kid, like any other kid, no big deal. But there it is nonetheless. I'm too scared to even swat at them, so I keep a can of sticky hair spray around. Aqua Net is best -- use that stuff on your hair and you have an impenetrable helmet. If you spray the buzzing thing with it, their wings get stuck and they fall like a stone. Then you can use a big book (I use my Complete Works of William Shakespeare) and squash them. One time, though, a particularly large wasp took refuge in the runners of my sliding glass door. So I sprayed him right there, probably using the last of my Aqua Net. I don't think he died of sticky wings -- I think he drowned. If I were a Buddhist, I'd be excommunicated, or whatever Buddhists do.
|I guess my honey-scented shampoo |
wasn't such a good idea
|I think I'm allergic|
to this facial mask!
|Come on over here, big boy!|
|Such a pretty little thing!|
A very disturbing thing happened in 1995. Somebody actually did a remake of The Wasp Woman. The filmmaker strikes me as a rather odd guy. I never saw it, don't know where to find it, and sincerely doubt that it could possibly be better than Corman's movie. I will say, however, that the wasp costume is pretty cool:
|This is the maker of the film. He decided to play the wasp|
woman himself, and thought that modern audiences would
enjoy a more ample bosom with some serious cleavage.
This is just a picture of a totally insane person trying to break a record for how long a person can stand still with 200,000 bees covering his body -- he needs a fire hose turned on him:
After reading this article, it should not surprise you that this is my favorite movie about bees or wasps: