Re: Fact ir Fiction?
IT is very unlikely that a nail is going to sufficiently ground anything. It is less likely to actually form a ground connection in hot dry conditions. Effective grounding rods can commonly be 6 to 8 feet long. Grounding rods for even portable fences for example are 2 feet long and fairly well useless after even a short period of time.
It also unlikely that a bee in a wooden hive is capable of conducting to ground so even if there is static electricity in the hive. there is not a lot of chance a bee is going to get shocked. A bee can land on the wire of an electric fence for the same reason. they never touch the ground.
Just to many reasons I see this could not possible be true but I won't go into all of them. IT does not mean the old timer doesn't believe it. if it makes him feel he is doing better by his bees. let him hang nails all day long.
Significant Minority vs Insignificant Majority, 20% of causes produce 80% of the effects.