A scientist believed that a frogs’ legs were related to the ability of the frog to hear. He put a frog on the table and smacked his hands together. The frog jumped. He removed one of the frog’s legs. Smacked his hands and the frog jumped. He cut off another leg and the frog still jumped with the sudden noise, he cut off the third leg and the frog when startled tried to jump. The amputation of the last leg resulted in no jump of the frog with noise of sudden clapping. Therefore a frog with no legs cannot hear. The scientist was right!

Which makes about as much sense as this story..

The California Institute of Technology has just completed a study to determine why it is so difficult to swat flies. I am certain there is a government grant in this somewhere.there has to be, no sane person would pay good money for this information. Government money or tax credits.not a for profit assignment.

Anyway, this institution was interested in knowing why flies were able to avoid being hit by a fly swatter. They had always thought the flies flew away from the impending danger, but after a long period of research they found that the flies used their legs to jump away from any approaching danger.

Fascinating isn’t it’

The neurochemistry of the fly’s brain has been studied for a long period of time. I bet this makes for clever repartee at cocktail parties.

‘so, what do you do

‘ I’ m a scientist. How interesting, what do you study

‘ The brains of dead flies. Oh and they walk away..

Yes, science has once again proven that nothing is too far fetched to turn into a research project.

The scientists in this report stated that the flies were able to detect an object approaching them about 200 milliseconds before the object struck. Then they were able to push off with their legs and then fly away safely.

Here’s where it gets crazy.

If the fly is being threatened from the front the fly moves its middle legs forward and jumps backward. If the threat is from the back, then the legs are moved backward and the fly jumps forwards. I don’t think you will surprised to learn that if approached from one side or another, the fly will jump to the opposite side in order to escape.

Not happy enough over this information, the scientists went further and cut off the fly’s legs. When threatened, the fly still leaned in that direction and used its wings to escape being swatted.

When its wings were cut off, the fly used what ever legs were left to jump clear.

They didn’t say this, but I imagine if both the fly’s wings and legs were cut of, the fly was squashed. At least I would think so, but then again I’ m not a scientist, so what do I know’does PETA care about cruelty to insects’

The article ended by saying that this study was intended to develop research to aid in the building of robotic insects.

Anyone want to bet this is related to some defense program’ I think we can see this.

So, if building a robotic insect is the ultimate goal, do you think these researchers really believe that someone might want to use a fly swatter on a robot’ I mean, come on, are they planning on building eavesdropping mosquitoes or camera carrying bumblebees’

After I wrote this, I got a sudden chill and realized there was a stray fly in this room. Not that I’ m paranoid, but he/she seems to be buzzing my computer screen more than usual. I think I’ll cut this one short and quit just to be on the safe side.

George Orwell would be proud..I suppose it is true’ big brother is watching.

Be careful.the wasp you think is innocently building his nest may have a hidden microphone and is listening to every word you say..