Bee-wildering! Hives of Notre-Dame in miraculous survival

It has become increasingly customary in the French capital for bee hives to be introduced at seemingly unlikely locations, inclu
It has become increasingly customary in the French capital for bee hives to be introduced at seemingly unlikely locations, including also at the Paris Opera

Some 200,000 bees inhabiting hives in Notre-Dame cathedral survived the inferno that engulfed the heritage landmark in a miraculous escape, their beekeeper said Thursday.

"The are alive. Until this morning, I had had no news," said beekeeper Nicolas Geant who looks after the hives which are kept on top of a sacristry that adjoins the cathedral.

"At first I thought that the three hives had burned but I had no information" after Monday's fire, Geant told AFP.

"Then I saw from that this was not the case and then the cathedral spokesman told me that they were going in and out of the hives."

Geant said he had been taken aback by calls of support from all corners of the world.

He said that this kind of bee does not abandon its , instead gorging on honey and not abandoning the queen bee.

Each hive at Notre-Dame on average produces some 25 kilogrammes of honey each year which is sold to Notre-Dame staff.

It has become increasingly customary in the French capital for to be introduced at seemingly unlikely locations, including also at the Paris Opera.


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Apr 18, 2019
"Hives of Notre-Dame in miraculous survival"

STOP IT.

"Notre-Dame in unmiraculous conflagration"

-much better.

Apr 18, 2019
Bee wildering miracle

It just goes to show
these bees are made of sterner stuff
these bee do not turn their bee-hind
they do not turn-tale
they do not make a bee-line for the exit
when the going gets hot
these little bee-miraculous-creatures
with stood this fire
as the bees have withstood
millions of years of disasters
so now
as Notre-Dame is rebuilt
around these little bees bee hives
there one thing in life
while farmers poison these bees with their pesticides
the very bees these farmers rely on to pollinate their crops
its not these natural disasters of fires these bees fear
it is man and its pesticides and killing off the hedgerow flowers
so when we hear of our little pollinators
succumbing to petulance and deceases
place the blame fairly on these farming techniques
as these bees have proved
left to their own survival strategies
These bees fear no one except man

Apr 18, 2019
"Hives of Notre-Dame in miraculous survival"

STOP IT.

"Notre-Dame in unmiraculous conflagration"

-much better.


Indeed, we will see a lot of comments that implies "miracles" out of the mechanisms of the fire and the built in fire protection - as many ancient large buildings they were built to take quakes and fires as much as they could. (Say, I read that this building had the usual falling roof protection to be easier to rebuild after a fire.)

One of the twitter threads are apparently that someone claimed it was "miraculous" that gold coated objects survived (a cross et cetera). But wood burns at 600 degC, gold melts at 1000+ degC, so you would have to concentrate hot gases and their thermal radiation - like in a furnace - to purposefully melt metals.

And so unmiraculous on. I note that one of the creationists I blocked has inserted a comment, I can but guess the troll claims that the obvious absence of their magic is their 'evidence'. LOL!

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