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He’s covered in bees!

34-year-old Chinese beekeeper She Ping (previously featured here) just broke his own record for number of beehive’s worth of bees worn as a suit. Wearing live bees isn’t a hobby we’re ready to try, but this is an unquestionably awesome feat. The last time Ping tried this stunt he wore 330,000 bees from 15 hives. This time She Ping’s wife and five fellow beekeepers managed to dress him in 456,000 bees from 28 hives. He estimates the “bee dress” weighed at least 100 lbs.

"I first did this at 22, just for fun and out of curiosity. Later on, I would put on the bees just for the sake of making people believe I sell actual real honey," he told the Chongqing Evening Post.

If you’re wondering how long it takes to dress in almost half a million bees, the answer is about 40 minutes. 40 minutes during which Ping was stung at least 20 times. After careful consideration we think we’ll stick with our Inflatable Beard of Bees for the time being.

[via Nerdcore and The Guardian]

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Jan Fabre, Heaven of Delight, installation using jewel beetles, in the Hall of Mirrors of the Royal Palace, Brussels, 2002

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Ian Breakwell, Gathering Storm, oil on canvas 1985

Ian Breakwell, Gathering Storm, oil on canvas 1985

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