Bah! Hum bugs


Ah Scrooge! ‘Tis the season of peace on earth and goodwill to all men … and awful Christmas cracker jokes like:

Why do bees hum? Because they don’t know the words

In which key do bees hum? B.

In which key does a squashed bee hum? B flat.

Of course you should never rely upon Christmas crackers for accurate information. Honey bees actually hum in the key of C, and since you ask, house flies buzz in F.

Honey bees don’t just croon in the C major scale. They also make a variety clicks, quacks and whistles. Most astonishing is the piping sound a virgin queen which is really quite haunting.

So it’s not surprising that during the long winter nights the bees apply their musical talents to singing carols. Unbelievable I know, but just listen to the queen calling them to order before launching them off on a Christmas favourite :

Interesting that they really don’t know the words. Perhaps there really is wisdom in those Christmas crackers after all!