Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:45
I've been stung by a wasp once. It got in the way of the crack between my neck and my scarf at 60mph. It itched.
Other than that, I've had them on me a few times. One landed on my lips at a picnic, following the scent of the food I'd just put in my mouth. I just waited until she filled up cleaning my lip and flew away before I did anything, and she and I were fine.
By contrast, I was eating with various other people once when a wasp entered the room. Most of us ignored her or waved her away but one young woman jumped up and ran round, screaming and waving her arms frantically, with her eyes shut and mouth wide open. She was not stung, but she was making herself likely to inhale the poor little wasp, which would have sucked for both of them.
Wasps, fire, explosives, firearms and other power tools, aircraft, motor vehicles, rivers, snakes and wolves: all much less likely to kill you if you understand them and treat them with respect.