Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Get the fly, everytime!

Three years ago, I went to a conference. For part of the conference, I was seated at a table with a mild-mannered, middle-aged, male social worker and a couple of ladies. We were all strangers, trying to engage in polite conversation. Suddenly, the social worker stirred things up by swatting and killing a bothersome fly with his BARE HAND! We were astounded! He politely excused himself to go and wash his hands, and when he came back, we were full of questions. Did he have special training? Was he born with this ability? How could this be accomplished?

He quietly explained that he had heard that flies have to take-off backward, so when you swat them, you must aim behind them. Since he had learned this, he was able to almost always get them on the first try.

I am not brave enough to swat one with my bare hand, but now I do aim the flyswatter behind them. I have to say that I have rarely missed one by doing this. It is so much quicker to get them on the first try!

12 comments:

  1. I'm going to try that next time! Thanks for the tip!

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  2. We have had a fly invasion around here and now I am going to have the skills of the brave little tailor! Thanks so much for a great tip!

    Blessings!

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  3. Will be passing this info along to my kiddos, since I have already passed along my intense dislike for flies to them! Thanks!

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  4. very interesting.
    I will have to try that next time.
    I didn't know that they take off backwards.

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  5. Interesting... Thank goodness the social worker washed his hands! I'll have to pass this tip on to my hubby!

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  6. I think I heard this awhile back, but had totally forgotten...great tip!

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  7. Wow! My son has a phobia of any flying bug and this includes flies. This is definitely worth trying.

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  8. Oh, yeah. This works almost every time!!

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  9. My husband catches flies with his bare hands, yes, he is amazing! I don't know if he knows the "taking off backwards thing" tho, so I will have to let him in on that.

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  10. "Watch out two buzzy flies in my bathroom," she shouted with glee. "I'm coming to get you!"

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