That’s Out­ra­geous!


Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Contents - BY DANIEL VI­OLA

OH, HONEY There are cer­tain sights one ex­pects to see dur­ing a trip to the hos­pi­tal: nurses rush­ing down hall­ways, pa­tients groan­ing in chairs. Honey drip­ping from the ceil­ing, how­ever, isn’t one of them. But that’s ex­actly what peo­ple at Rook­wood Hos­pi­tal in Cardiff, Wales, wit­nessed in Au­gust 2016 af­ter more than 100,000 bees made their home in the fa­cil­ity’s ceil­ing. The in­sects had been thriv­ing there for about five years be­fore staff no­ticed—trick­ling honey is hard to ig­nore—and had them re­moved.


Art can come from any­where—even, ap­par­ently, from a bee­tle. That’s what 27-year-old Mandy Bryant dis­cov­ered when, in July, she handed her pet stag bee­tle, Spike, a marker. Us­ing his mandible, the bug, about the length of a fin­ger, grabbed hold of the in­stru­ment and promptly started scrib­bling away. Spike has since con­tin­ued with this cre­ative out­let and has amassed more than 85,000 fol­low­ers on so­cial me­dia. He re­cently sold his first piece to an un­named buyer for $1,550 and now has two more up for auc­tion. You won’t find a Matisse here— the works tend to be a series of ab­stract squig­gles—but Jack­son Pol­lock would be proud.


At most restau­rants, a bug in a cus­tomer’s food would lead to a comped bill and a visit from the health in­spec­tor. Not so at La Newyork­ina, a New York City shop that has been hawk­ing a sun­dae topped with chili-cov­ered grasshop­pers.

The treat was in­spired by owner Fany Ger­son’s trip to Oax­aca, Mex­ico, where the in­sects are a com­mon snack. The crunchy crit­ters have proven pop­u­lar with New York lo­cals, too—Ger­son says she goes through at least 100 bugs ev­ery week­end. Your move, Dairy Queen.

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