Reading While Eating For July 18: Bees, Banks and Guitar Strings

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Italy's Francesca Dallape and Tania Cagnotto compete in the preliminary round of the women's 3m synchronised springboard diving event at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai, July 16, 2011.

Today’s links feature outrageous sports, outrageous amounts of money, and outrageous vacation destinations.

Busy Bees: Two beekeepers in China, wearing only shorts, competed to see how many bees they could get to stick to their bodies. The winner attracted 57 pounds of bees in an hour. (BBC)

For The Love of Money: See which banks have more money than the U.S. Treasury. And cue that O’Jays song. (Think Progress)

Lights, Camera, Action: Did you brave the lines to see the latest Harry Potter movie? Check out TIME’s special on long-running movie franchises. (TIME)

Bump, Set, Spike, Gooooal: Will people gather to watch sepak takraw — a fusion of volleyball and soccer — the way they gathered to watch the Women’s World Cup final? (The Daily What)

A Flying Bed or An Underwater Restaurant? If you’re looking to follow the road less traveled and take an unconventional vacation, then check-in to one of these offbeat hotels around the world. (LIFE)

Good Vibrations: See an iPhone 4′s video of guitar string movements from the inside of a guitar. (Geekosystem)

Olivia B. Waxman is a TIME contributor. Find her on Twitter at @OBWax. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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