Looking Good… and Smelling Good: Advice for Spring….

Spring is such a magical time….

Always has been….

And… I have some fond remembrances….

Looking good. And… smelling good….

I remember sitting on those cement benches by the Coke machines at West Jones High School…. Between classes, of course….

Watching the yellow jackets swarm the trash cans….
Wondering….

Watching the yellow jackets buzz the beautiful women strutting around on those brilliant Spring days….
Wondering….

Ever wonder why yellow jackets are always crawling into people’s coke cans…?

Ever wonder why yellow jackets have such great tastes…? Why they always seem to buzz the beautiful girls…? The ones who are so carefully made up…? Strutting their stuff…?
Leaving the boys… and the girls of lower social stature… who expend less time and effort looking good… alone…?

I also remember synthesizing isoamyl acetate in Organic Chemistry my sophomore year at the University of Southern Mississippi… back in the day… and thinking… this stuff REALLY smells like bananas! Or… Juicy Fruit…. But… that’s another story…. And it brings me back…. To….

Science….

Hornets (and Yellow Jackets are hornets, not wasps) are attracted to sugar for food…. They borrow into over-ripe fruit… where the bruises are…. And Coke cans….

And… isoamyl acetate…. Essence of Banana… is their attack pheromone….

And… it’s in a ton of cosmetics and eau de cologne and everything else….

And… swatting at hornets… makes them spray it on warm targets….

So… I guess my mother was right about that one….

Anyway… a word of advice… and a word of caution… from the Rock Man in Harry Nillson’s “The Point”…. “Don’t go messin’ with the bees….” Or the hornets…. Or the yellow jackets….

If you don’t want to attract bees and hornets… don’t try to smell like a flower….

Especially if you plan to go hiking in the mountains of China or Japan in the Late Spring or Summer…. About a hundred people die in each place a year from giant hornet attacks…. Many of which could probably be prevented…. By not wearing isoamyl acetate in cosmetics….

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  1. Pingback: Looking Good… and Smelling Good: Advice for Spring…. | Wright-Wang Extreme Mystery, Inc.

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