A sting too far

Maybe it’s just because I have a mordant fear that a single bee sting will kill me instantly, but Slate’s Sting Operation – What’s the best remedy for a bee sting? By William Brantley article took things a bit too far for my tastes. The author intentionally inflicted 5 bee stings to his hands so he could test a variety of packaged and DIY remedies. The results are informative, but the whole process borders on the extreme. I love Slate’s “Shopping” column, and its sinister kicker: “How to be the best consumer you can be.” Some of my favorites are the recent review of reduced-carb foods and last year’s great meat-substitute cookoff. I just think there’s a line, and getting oneself stung is on the wacko side of it.