Watch: Coyote Peterson Let 3000 Bees Attack His Face During Failed Attempt at a Bee Beard
Jay Dawson June 8th 2017 Entertainment
After a decade of Jackass and "fail" videos, it's pretty hard to shock us anymore. But this video does exactly that: it's a stunning battle of man versus bees. This is nature like you've never seen her before, and one man at his stupidest. You might think you can predict what happens when "Coyote" Peterson is attacked by 3,000 bees, but we can bet you never saw this coming...
Why Would You Do This?
It's the million-dollar question: why on earth would you want to let 3,000 bees attack your face? This is a confrontation with nature at its most vicious and painful. It takes a special breed of bravery - or stupidity - to pull off a stunt like this, and there's truly not many in the world who would have the guts.
You're going to see, in the following video, some of the rawest footage you've ever seen. Forget David Attenborough and his Planet Earth: this is really getting up close and personal with nature. He's going to let 3,000 bees out of their hive and let them crawl over his face. You're going to see a man writhe in agony and wish he could turn back time. You're going to see lips that even Kylie Jenner would be jealous of...
Bees, as scary as they are, are one of the most fascinating insects on the planet. There are over 20,000 individual species of bees in existence, in seven biological families, and they are found in every single continent in the world except for Antarctica. The smallest bee is about 2mm (0.08in) long, and the largest, a species of leafcutter bee called Megachile pluto, can be up to a massive 1.54in long.
Bees are known in the insect world for their vitally important role in pollinating flowers. They feed off the nectar and pollen in flowers, using them for energy and protein. At the same time, as they fly from one food source to another, they unwittingly carry pollen between flowers, thereby allowing the flowers to "reproduce" and spread. The best known bee species, the European honey bee, also uses the pollen and nectar to create their stunning honeycombs, which produce honey and beeswax.
A Disappearing Species
The last decade has actually seen troubling statistics for bees. There has been a drastic disappearance of colonies of both the western honey bee and the European honey bee all across the northern hemisphere, and since these bees are incredibly important in pollinating agricultural food crops, their vanishing could lead to the loss of revenue by farmers in the order of billions of dollars, as well as long-term reduction and damage of global food supply.
Nobody is still quite sure what the cause of this mass disappearance of bees is. Some claim pesticides have killed off large numbers of bees, while others point to air pollution and loss of natural habitats. Another prevailing theory is that genetically modified crops are no longer providing sufficiently nutritious food to the bees, or that climate change is disrupting their seasonal behaviour and killing them off. Whatever it is, it's a serious problem that needs to be addressed.
How Painful Is It?
Most of us have been stung by a bee at least once in our lifetimes. So we know that it's pretty damn painful, especially if you're highly allergic. But multiply that by 3,000 bees, and you've got a world of agony. The standard bee has two pain-causing glands: one is a poison gland, and the other is called the Dufour's gland. This particular abdominal organ contains chemicals that are used in several important functions, including release of pheromones, egg-laying, hive construction, and communication.
But in humans, the only thing is does is severely irritate the skin. And again, if it's just one single bee stinging you, you're only likely to feel the pinch and the following throb for a few minutes. When there's a couple of thousand of them, on the other hand, that poison is just going to build and build.
The Allergic Reaction
Once a swarm of bees starts stinging, they're not going to stop. Bees actually also release a pheromone when they sting you, basically as a marker to attract even more bees. Once one has had a taste, it's a free for all. So that scene out of My Girl wasn't totally unrealistic.
Neither was Macauley Culkin's allergic reaction in that movie. Depending on how allergic you are to the particularly acidic bee sting, some people can go into anaphylactic shock. If you're mildly allergic - which most people are - then it's fine. All you'll see as a reaction is some light swelling and itching. But if you're really allergic, you're in a world of trouble. Within minutes, your tongue could swell, your windpipe could close over, you could start vomiting, and - if you don't find medical help soon - you could even die.
A Look At "Coyote" Peterson
So who is this crazy guy behind this stunt? His name is Nathan "Coyote" Peterson, and he's kind of known for doing weird stuff like this with animals and insects. He's 35 years old, and he's been running Brave Wilderness, a Discovery Channel web series, for around two years. Born in rural Ohio, he had a fascination with animals for years. He would go in search of snapping turtles, keep insect collections, and read countless books about them.
Even so, his education was in Film at Ohio State University. When he finished film school, though, he realized that he could combine both of his loves into one zany series. His idea - to get up close and extremely personal with some very vicious creatures - was immediately picked up by the Discovery Channel, and made him into the star he is today.
His YouTube Channel
And what a star he is. His YouTube channel, Brave Wilderness, has racked up over half a billion views. His audience just keeps growing and growing, and his search for animals to attack him has taken him to some of the most exotic places on the planet. With viewer numbers like those, and irrepressible enthusiasm he shows on camera, it looks like he's going to be doing this for a while.
Naming Bear Grylls as one of his inspirations, his web episodes aren't always about shocking the viewer. He also aims to educate people about the creatures that he faces, and spread an important message of conservation to the internet. Often he has episodes called "Coyote's Backyard", where he brings his daughter along (kinda like Steve Irwin) and they both shed the light on some of Earth's weirdest and most wonderful critters. It's fascinating stuff.
Some Of His Other Stunts
Always in search of something more extreme, Coyote Peterson has gone to the ends of the Earth to find the most bizarre insects and animals to bite him. He's especially interested in insects which set records as having "the most painful bite" in the world. Last year, he discovered the tarantula hawk, a massive species of wasp that is said to have the second most painful sting of any insect on the planet. It stung him, and viewers were treated to a full five minutes of him rolling around on the ground, clawing at the dirt and screaming in agony. It was pretty funny.
Another of his was the so-called "bullet ant", which people claimed had a sting even more painful than the tarantula hawk. In fact, the sting of the bullet ant lasts around 24 hours, and has been described as "like walking over flaming charcoal with a three-inch nail embedded in your heel". For that, he had to travel to the deepest jungles of Costa Rica.
Don't Worry Folks, He's Not Going To Die
This video is vicarious pain at its best. It's all of the experience of being attacked by a vicious insect - and don't tell us you're not a little bit curious - but without any of the indescribable pain. Best of all, as much fun as this video is, Coyote Peterson is not in any real danger. Unlike people like Steve Irwin, who put their life on the line for entertainment, Coyote is a bit more sensible. We prefer our animal enthusiasts to be alive at the end of each episode, anyway. Otherwise who else would tell us about this wonderfully weird world of ours?
No, Coyote has actually got a crew on hand at all times, in case things get a little too real. They're not going to pull him out if it's too painful - don't worry about that - but if it does come down to a matter of life or death, they're ready to give him the assistance he needs. Maybe we're getting old, but we think that this kind of sensible insanity is a pretty good idea.
Watch This Hilarious Stunt
Now it's the moment you've all been waiting for. Now, here's your chance to watch this insane man do something pretty damn stupid. Watch this video, laugh till you puke, and maybe even learn a thing or two. After all, there's no need to worry: some other idiot is doing all the painful stuff for you.
But what about you? What do you think of the video? Would you ever do something like this? How much money would it take for you to be attacked by 3,000 bees? Or are you more of a wasp person? How far would you go for a couple of hundred million YouTube hits? Is Coyote Peterson an educational genius, or just the next Johnny Knoxville? And maybe the most burning question of all: does anyone feel like eating some honey, all of a sudden?
50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist
Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.