Theory and practice

A persistent urban myth says that scientists have shown that bumblebees can’t fly. While it’s true that basic fixed-wing aerodynamics would arrive at that conclusion, the bumblebee has developed a wing action that is anything but fixed!

I am a big, fat bumblebee.
I cannot fly, theoretically
And yet I do! You see, the fact is,
It just takes lots and lots of practice . . .

[Image: ‘Ernie’ at Wikipedia Commons]
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