The internet went wild today with a story of a Swedish man who apparently died after attempting to have sex with a hornet’s nest, according to International Business Times on May 15. After the story went viral, some sleuths uncovered what may be the source of the story. Metro reported on May 15 that the story originated in September 2012 on a satirical website in Sweden.
Here’s how the story went:
A neighbor found the body of the 35 year-old-man only known as Hasse. There were 146 sting marks found on his body including the 54 on his genitals. The neighbor described the body as being so swollen he initially mistook it for a whale carcass.
Bertil Ståhfrääs thought his neighbor was lying there by choice and called out to ask what he was doing. Not getting a response, Bertil approached the body and recognized the man only from his tattoo on his neck.
“I have never in my life seen such a swollen pelvic bone. It hid the whole package [and] the scrotum was enlarged. Right now it feels heavy and unreal. We did not talk very often, but he was still my neighbour.”
Hasse was still alive but unconscious when Bertil found him, however, he died an hour later from his injuries.
Dried semen was found on some of the dead wasps and some of the man’s pubic hairs were found at the entrance to the nest along with some of his fingerprints on the hive itself. The findings have led authorities to the conclusion that Hasse was attempting to have sex with the hornet’s nest when the wasps attacked and killed him.
He was likely in a great deal of pain as hornet stings are more venomous than regular wasps. They can also sting repeatedly. The stings are generally not fatal to humans unless the victim is allergic to the venom. In that case, the person could go into anaphylactic shock.
According to Metro, the original satirical post was more concerned with the well being of the hornets that the fictitious man, Hassr.
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