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Badass Hornet-fighter

Japan has these things called, aptly, "giant hornets". Like giant robots, they are a pretty big problem in Japan. Giant Hornets are 3-4" long, making them about the size of my ring finger, or about three times the size of an American hornet.

As you might imagine, Giant Hornet infestations in human habitations are dangerous. They are aggressive and have 1" stingers. So here is a video in the "badass old dude" genre (like the 80 yr. old in Africa who punched out a lion when it menaced his grand-daughter) that blew my mind. He's 78 years old. He fights Giant Hornets with, I kid you not - a vacuum cleaner and a samurai sword. the video is in Japanese, so I'm not sure WHY he does this, other than that he it needs doing, and he is apparently psychotically awesome.


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Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
totally awesome. particularly the triumphant music in the background. And his space-age helmet.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
You would have no reason to be aware of this, but his helmet is exactly like that of the A.I.M. bad guys in Marvel comics. (which is also awesome)
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Holy F U C K. What the hell have those hornets been killing so they could grow large enough to need such a fucking huge nest?! (Sorry for all the cursing.) I could not look away. Thank you? for posting that...I now know to look over my shoulder if I ever go back to Japan.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
get this - they eat smaller hornets. No seriously, they raid their hives, kill the workers, and steal the pupae to bring back to the nest and eat.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Sep. 4th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Yeah. I have run screaming like a bitch from these things on many occasions. The first time I thought I was hallucinating because hornets are not supposed to be the size of a dwarf hamster and clearly this was the product of my insectphobic mind.
Sep. 4th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Dude, starting at 1:30... are those body parts in the fucking walls?
Sep. 4th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
So I forwarded this clip to a Japanese friend, asking her, "What is up with this old guy??" Here's Yuki's response:

"Hi Alison.

How in the world you stumble into this video???

The old guy's job is to remove hornets' nests. The one in the video is gigantic one cause the hornets build this year's nest on top of the last year's. The old guy said he's never seen that big of a nest in 13 years of his professional life."

How in the world I stumble in this video, you ask? Thanks to my brother, the champion of things like giant Japanese hornets, adorable kitty cats, and scurvy dogs, that's how.

- Alison.
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Hornets
I like weird stuff! But didn't your friend also notice that this guy is 78 years old, and attacks a giant hornet nest with a samurai sword??

I get the impression that if Mothra attacked, he'd just "tut tut", put on his suit, grab his vacuum and sword, and get to work.
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