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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Fly (Insect)

Naked slaves whose bodies were smeared with honey were kept close at hand by King Pepi II of Egypt to deter unwanted flies.

Frenchman Rene Descartes came up with the idea of developing the mathematical system of co-ordinates in 1619 during his military service. Lying on his bed, he watched a fly hover in the air. Descartes realized the fly's position could be described by locating its distance from three intersecting lines.

in 1912 Toronto held a flyswatting competition which was won by a 12 -year-old girl who killed 500,000 flies.

A musical fly swatter was patented in 1994. The device played two tunes, one when turned on and the other when it hit a fly.

A fly can react to something it sees and change direction in 30 milliseconds.

Flies jump backwards during takeoff.

Houseflies buzz in the key of F.

In East Africa, millions of midge flies are pressed into solid blocks and cooked into Kunga Cake.

A fly's taste buds are in its six feet. Their feet are around 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue is.

After eating, a housefly regurgitates its food and then eats it again.

A common housefly can carry up to 33 million bacteria on the outer surface of its body.

Flies are deaf.

If you swat a fly and there's a red smear, it's not blood, but in fact the pigment from its eyes.

Small animals such as flies experience time in slow motion, which is why they can avoid your newspaper swats.

The average housefly lives for about one month.

The phrase "fly on the wall" is commonly used to describe an unseen observer or listener. Its origins go back to 1920s America and it is most frequently used today to describe a form of documentary where the cameraman tries to be as unobtrusive as possible. One of the first citations of this phrase was in The Oakland Tribune, February 1921: "I'd just love to be a fly on the wall when the Right Man comes along."

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