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2013-03-31 02:31:57 PM
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Mentat: Somaticasual: So, that kindof begs the question - what do they train the fleas to do?
I mean, I'm pretty sure "jump" is covered, but do they have other skills in performing?

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Fleas typically live only for a few months and are not trained. Fleas are observed to see if they have a predisposition for jumping or walking. Once sorted, they are harnessed by carefully wrapping a thin gold wire around the neck of the flea. Once in the harness the fleas usually stay in it for life. The harnesses are attached to the props and the strong legs of the flea allows them to move objects significantly larger than themselves. Jumping fleas are used for kicking small lightweight balls. They are carefully given a ball; when they try to jump away (which is not possible because of the harness) they shoot the ball instead. Running fleas are used to pull small carts and vehicles or to rotate a Ferris wheel. There are historical reports of fleas glued to the base of the flea circus enclosure. Instruments were then glued to the flea performers and the enclosure was heated. The fleas fought to escape, giving the impression of fleas playing musical instruments.



People scare me.
2013-03-31 01:26:15 PM
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April fools!
2013-03-31 06:48:52 PM
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MaudlinMutantMollusk: The owner is still scratching his head over it


Like you, except it was your crotch, and it was crabs.
2013-03-31 03:28:53 PM
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starlost: Fleas typically live only for a few months and are not trained. Fleas are observed to see if they have a predisposition for jumping or walking. Once sorted, they are harnessed by carefully wrapping a thin gold wire around the neck of the flea. Once in the harness the fleas usually stay in it for life. The harnesses are attached to the props and the strong legs of the flea allows them to move objects significantly larger than themselves. Jumping fleas are used for kicking small lightweight balls. They are carefully given a ball; when they try to jump away (which is not possible because of the harness) they shoot the ball instead. Running fleas are used to pull small carts and vehicles or to rotate a Ferris wheel. There are historical reports of fleas glued to the base of the flea circus enclosure. Instruments were then glued to the flea performers and the enclosure was heated. The fleas fought to escape, giving the impression of fleas playing musical instruments.

why not slice the feet and legs of birds until you get it just right? look! mary poppins bird is walking the tightrope upside down here at happy birds fun park with a parasol in her beak.


Did you really just pull an animal cruelty card in a thread about parasitic insects?
2013-03-31 01:40:56 PM
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there'll be food around the corner FOR ME
2013-03-31 01:37:23 PM
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I thought the whole 'flea' circus thing was a trick, I didn't realize they were legit. What the hell is wrong with people... ugh, filthy little things. Spent WEEKS last summer trying to eradicate them from my house after the cats came back from a week's stay at my in-law's place.
 
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