Ok beeks, it's time for a little fun, and some knowledge sharing as well.
Back in the late 1970's I belonged to the St. Louis Area beekeeper's Association. A young man there (we were all young back then!) became captivated with the idea of "Pyramid Power." Back then the idea was that a pyramid shaped object would harness and focus the cosmic powers of the universe, perhaps to our benefit. For illustration they cited suspending a well-used razor blade in the center of a pyramid shaped object, and voila! It was restored to brand new condition!
So this beek manufactured out of aluminum tubing some pyramids, about 4' tall if I remember correctly. He asked for volunteers to put them on their hives, follow his instructions, and submit regular reports. I volunteered, put one on one of my stronger colonies. Of the 16 I had, that colony struggled and was the only one that died that year. Made my reports, that was the end of the pyramid. I guess those poor bees just couldn't handle the cosmic forces of the universe focused on them. :scratch:
Since there are a lot of ideas out there, some crazy, some not so, let's do this in two parts:
1) Crazy, failed. Put here your crazy idea that failed. Something you did, something you know about. Kind of like that pyramid I mentioned.
2) Crazy, succeeded. This is where the value is. Some of those things we take for granted today, started out as a crazy idea. Beeks all over the country are trying different things, some work, some don't. Maybe you're in the high plains, ran out of smoker fuel, and discovered cow pies make the best smoker fuel ever. (we're obviously talking aged pies, not fresh! :lpf
. I think you get my point. And of course these "successes" don't have to be all that crazy.
We just might learn some things, share some knowledge, and have a little fun at the same time.