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Old 07 October 2012, 07:28 PM
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Default Cleopatra's sex toy made of bees

Has anyone else heard that Queen Cleopatra filled a box with live bees to use as a vibrator? This rumour seems to be fairly widespread (judging by a quick Google search), and it's usually stated as a fact, but without any sources to back it up. Lurid tales of the bizarre sexual habits of ancient civilizations and historical figures do not have a good track record of being true, and this one seems especially silly. It's so dubious that it's not so much a question of whether or not it's real (as it's already all but certain that it's not), but how it came about. Is it contemporary to her? Was it slander deliberately manufactured by her enemies? Does it originate from a novel or play? I'd be interested to hear your feedback.
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Old 17 October 2012, 11:56 PM
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How can anyone use bees as a vibrator anyway? They would most likely sting her privates! That would no doubt be very painful, not pleasurable. That is, unless Cleopatra was a masochist.

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Old 18 October 2012, 12:00 AM
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I think the idea is that the vibration of them flying about the box (and bumping into the sides?) would be used to stimulate her.
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Old 18 October 2012, 12:03 AM
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Bees do not create nearly enough vibration, even moving around in a small box, to be usable as a vibrator. You would just have a box sitting around making noise and confusing all your friends because apparently it's not normal in other people's houses to have a box full of bees on the dining room table.
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Old 18 October 2012, 12:20 AM
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Sounds like something from the Flintstones. Fred would catch two bees in a clam shell and use it as a vibrating (pseudo-electric) razor.
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Old 18 October 2012, 12:20 AM
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I vaguely remember reading about Roman women using wingless flies but never bees.
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Old 18 October 2012, 01:53 AM
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"I like my women like I like my coffee...covered in bees!"

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Old 18 October 2012, 02:07 AM
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I Googled this, which I don't really recommend. But in any case the rumor online is mostly about a gourd, not a box.
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Old 18 October 2012, 05:25 AM
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Gourd or box, I can't imagine that either object could possibly be filled with enough bees to provide much sensation.
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Old 18 October 2012, 06:26 AM
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I'd reed about snakes being used as a (non-vibrating) toy. Which puts a whole new slant on the "bitten by an asp" demise of Cleopatra.
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Old 18 October 2012, 07:48 AM
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Gourd or box, I can't imagine that either object could possibly be filled with enough bees to provide much sensation.
Same thing I was thinking. It sounds more like a joke that somebody in the modern age made up because of the buzzing sound that electric vibrators make.

Even filling such a space with bees would be difficult. Even if something the size of a vibrator was jam packed with bees I couldn't imagine that there would be near enough movement to be perceptible, let alone pleasurable.

This whole conversation reminds me of a line from 'The Big Lebowski' - "I still NFBSK-off manually."
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Comment: Hey guys! I heard somewhere that Cleopatra invented the first
vibrator by filling a hollow gourd with bees, and I was just wondering if
there was any truth to this?
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