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This entry was posted on June 16, 2009.
EDIT: Since this post was published, we have finally figured out a way to make our dream a reality. CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR BEARD OF BEES!
Where would we be without our dreams? All progress is based on coming up with a seemingly impossible idea and then figuring out how to make it reality.
One of our dreams, as a company, was to mass-produce an affordable, well-made, novelty beard of bees. It sounds silly and simple, but the complexities involved eventually caused us to abandon the whole project. In fact, the only existing prototype is in a cardboard box in our archives.
Our first thought was to print the bees on some cloth, but that looked bad. Why bother if it's going to look fake? What potential mate would see this printed cloth beard of bees and think to themselves, “Wooooeeee! That is one fine looking bee beard”? No one would, so it was abandoned.
So, we asked for a beard that we could cover with bees. Here is the suggested beard:
If you look carefully on the beard package you can see that it says, "Do not dry clean." This is good advice for facial hair of all types.
Our next step was to develop a realistic looking bee to stick to the hair. Simple enough, we're experienced in the plastic insect business.
Then, we asked for a sample of them on the beard, but they wouldn't stick. Instead we were sent what you see below: beard shaped netting with a few bees glued to it. There were three problems with this. First, the beard weighed over two pounds. This may not sound like a lot, but it's enough to make your face tilt forward while wearing. The second problem was that to get enough bees to make it look realistic it would have had a retail cost of around $60. And lastly, it still didn't look right. Instead of attracting a potential mate, it would simply confuse them as they tried to figure out why you had a bunch of bees stuck to a net under your chin.
Eventually, we just used the idea as an April Fool's day joke.
Yet, we still dream that the world will have an affordable novelty beard of bees. Perhaps, one day, technology will catch up with our imaginations.