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(Huffington Post)   Which would you rather eat - food that a fly landed on or food a cockroach crawled over?   (huffingtonpost.com ) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-20 08:28:27 PM  
House fly or non coprophagous fly?

/DNRTFA
 
2014-08-20 08:59:14 PM  
Depends, do I get to eat the cockroach too?
 
2014-08-20 09:08:37 PM  
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2014-08-20 09:18:54 PM  
Trick question. Every one of us does both multiple times a day.
 
2014-08-20 11:24:24 PM  
As long as the insect has been removed, I really don't care.

Germaphobia is more dangerous than most random things interacting with food.
 
2014-08-21 12:06:41 AM  
www.trulydisturbing.com
 
2014-08-21 12:24:32 AM  
The fly. It hasn't walked across the line of insecticidal death I have.
 
2014-08-21 02:00:43 AM  
Ramadan is sounding pretty damn appealing right about now.

Actually my skeeved out food problem has always been rodent-related.  For whatever reason I give bugs leeway.  Maybe it was because my favorite childhood toy was a Creepy Crawler's machine.
 
2014-08-21 02:03:04 AM  
They left out "nibbled by rats". And "infested with ants".

Also "ralphed-up by a dog".
 
2014-08-21 02:53:17 AM  

brap: Ramadan is sounding pretty damn appealing right about now.

Actually my skeeved out food problem has always been rodent-related.  For whatever reason I give bugs leeway.  Maybe it was because my favorite childhood toy was a Creepy Crawler's machine.


Do a ctrl-f for rodent. Link


/you're welcome
 
2014-08-21 03:34:44 AM  
Depends, I don't have roaches but who doesn't like a little seasoning on flies? Oh yea, you know you are going to click it:

Bug A Salt
 
2014-08-21 04:09:04 AM  
Well, I don't think it's a matter of the animals  themselves, it's the fact that a fly landing on your food just means someone held a door open half a second too long at some point.  Finding a cockroach in your food anywhere but an outdoor restaurant in the middle of the jungle indicates that whoever prepared, stored, and transported the food farked up severely and their care of the stuff should not be trusted on a basic level.  It's about the differences in the mobility of the insects and what they can each reasonably be expected to get into in a properly-kept kitchen or storage facility.

So... no, it's entirely reasonable to be more disturbed by finding a cockroach on your plate than a fly, alarmist Orkin spokesdude.  Your statement's not  wrong in the technical sense, but it's missing the point of why insects at the table are bad in an absurdly self-serving way.
 
2014-08-21 04:14:24 AM  
Flies happen, cockroaches are encouraged.
 
2014-08-21 04:15:35 AM  
"Waiter, what's this fly doing in my soup?"

"It appears to be floating on its back, sir."
 
2014-08-21 04:23:38 AM  

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Thank you.
 
2014-08-21 04:26:54 AM  
Roach, please...

Flies are far more foul..
 
m00
2014-08-21 04:38:56 AM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: Roach, please...

Flies are far more foul..


Yeah, flies lay eggs in random things they land on. Eggs turn into maggots. Cockroaches do that sort of thing in their nest.
 
2014-08-21 04:58:47 AM  
I'd rather not eat at Macdonald's or Wendy's, thank you very much.
 
2014-08-21 05:11:48 AM  
Neither, but I consider flies the bigger problem.

Roaches are around a lot where I live (tropical, so unavoidable) but I don't usually have to worry about them actually getting on my food since they don't normally barge around when the lights are on.

But flies will buzz all around and persistently keep trying to land on your food or drinks, so when one of the evil bastards gets into the house (inevitably right before I'm about to eat) I cannot rest until I've captured it or destroyed it.


/I try to capture them and feed them to my Jackson Chameleon whenever I can since he likes them and I find it somehow more satisfying
 
2014-08-21 05:14:48 AM  
If A Fly Landed On Your Food, Would You Still Eat It?


I wouldn't eat it regardless of where it had landed.
 
2014-08-21 05:15:40 AM  

pseudowho: I find it somehow more satisfying


I'm picturing a ceremony with sacrificial stake, dancing girls and drums...
 
2014-08-21 05:39:31 AM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: pseudowho: I find it somehow more satisfying

I'm picturing a ceremony with sacrificial stake, dancing girls and drums...


Heh. Nothing so dramatic.  Just a short visit to the freezer so it can't fly away when I open the container I catch it in, and possibly some quietly maniacal laughter as it meets its fate.
 
2014-08-21 05:59:55 AM  

MBrady: maggots moving around in the food, then that is even more protein.


Having encountered a squirming mass of maggots or three I'm going with "no". Maggots poop where they squirm and the smell can be impressive...
 
2014-08-21 06:21:34 AM  
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2014-08-21 06:52:12 AM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: Roach, please...

Flies are far more foul..


I'm still with roach, plus he can get the ones hiding under other bodies out there on the wire, man.

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2014-08-21 07:20:44 AM  
If you've ever been to a BBQ, you've eaten food a fly has landed on.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-21 07:42:37 AM  
In parts of Africa, midges emerge from lakes in blot-out-the-sun masses. Natives catch them, press them into cakes, and eat them.

That still sounds more appealing than the Ethiopian food I tried.
 
2014-08-21 08:49:51 AM  

BumpInTheNight: I'd rather not eat at Macdonald's or Wendy's, thank you very much.


What's Macdonalds? And furthermore, Macdonalds what?
 
2014-08-21 09:52:08 AM  
As a guy who guarded corpses scattered in a desert, I'd like to point out that I never had a roach go from a corpse to my food and back again.

Have to wonder how good your chow is when a fly tries the corpse, then your chow, then goes back to the corpse.
 
2014-08-21 10:25:52 AM  
What's worse than finding a worm in your apple?

Finding half a worm in your apple.

/Ba-dum-tish
//I'll be here all week
///Flies actually vomit on your food, roaches are nasty but...
 
2014-08-21 10:52:01 AM  

Monkey2: ///Flies actually vomit on your food, roaches are nasty but...


THIS..

I watched or read something a few years ago that provided a lot of details of what flies do when they land on food...

I've never been able to not be grossed out by a fly landing on food since.
 
2014-08-21 10:55:31 AM  
Oh. My. God. You breathed on my taco.

I can't eat this shiat now.
 
2014-08-21 11:56:25 AM  

imfallen_angel: Monkey2: ///Flies actually vomit on your food, roaches are nasty but...

THIS..

I watched or read something a few years ago that provided a lot of details of what flies do when they land on food...

I've never been able to not be grossed out by a fly landing on food since.


Flies are pesky but are easy to kill if you know the trick. They always take off by jumping up and a little backwards. They have weirdo eyes that let them see in every direction but you can use that against them. Let a fly land on any flat surface. Slowly approach it and clap your hands ~ 1 inch over the fly. It will jump right into your hands and get smushed. Sure, vigorous hand washing ensues, but hey, no more fly.
 
2014-08-21 12:27:05 PM  

Monkey2: imfallen_angel: Monkey2: ///Flies actually vomit on your food, roaches are nasty but...

THIS..

I watched or read something a few years ago that provided a lot of details of what flies do when they land on food...

I've never been able to not be grossed out by a fly landing on food since.

Flies are pesky but are easy to kill if you know the trick. They always take off by jumping up and a little backwards. They have weirdo eyes that let them see in every direction but you can use that against them. Let a fly land on any flat surface. Slowly approach it and clap your hands ~ 1 inch over the fly. It will jump right into your hands and get smushed. Sure, vigorous hand washing ensues, but hey, no more fly.


My fly swatting trick makes you look like a Jedi master though. You stand still with the swatter in your hand then wait for it to fly by. Because their flight speed is quite a bit slower than their take off speed, with some scant concentration, you can easily smack it right out of the air. Once you can do that, you can start getting cocky. A friend of a friend can hit them with pencils and pens. I use my cellphone.
 
2014-08-21 12:31:41 PM  
Americans are hilarious. "Oh no, GERMS!"
 
2014-08-21 12:55:53 PM  

Doc Batarang: Monkey2: imfallen_angel: Monkey2: ///Flies actually vomit on your food, roaches are nasty but...

THIS..

I watched or read something a few years ago that provided a lot of details of what flies do when they land on food...

I've never been able to not be grossed out by a fly landing on food since.

Flies are pesky but are easy to kill if you know the trick. They always take off by jumping up and a little backwards. They have weirdo eyes that let them see in every direction but you can use that against them. Let a fly land on any flat surface. Slowly approach it and clap your hands ~ 1 inch over the fly. It will jump right into your hands and get smushed. Sure, vigorous hand washing ensues, but hey, no more fly.

My fly swatting trick makes you look like a Jedi master though. You stand still with the swatter in your hand then wait for it to fly by. Because their flight speed is quite a bit slower than their take off speed, with some scant concentration, you can easily smack it right out of the air. Once you can do that, you can start getting cocky. A friend of a friend can hit them with pencils and pens. I use my cellphone.


Though I appreciate your method, the swatter becomes somewhat of a cheat doesn't it? The true essence of fly swatting must come from the soul. We all must be willing to get our hands dirty, if not, there will be this whole fly killing movement that is devoid of danger and/or disease.  How is that of value?

Though I proposed the simplest method I know of in a previous post, I must confess that my preferred method involves an unused staple and a toothpick.
 
2014-08-21 03:09:19 PM  

Hollie Maea: Americans are hilarious. "Oh no, GERMS!"


Not eating bugs is what separates us from the animals.  Especially frogs.
 
2014-08-21 03:22:47 PM  

Monkey2: Doc Batarang: Monkey2: imfallen_angel: Monkey2: ///Flies actually vomit on your food, roaches are nasty but...

THIS..

I watched or read something a few years ago that provided a lot of details of what flies do when they land on food...

I've never been able to not be grossed out by a fly landing on food since.

Flies are pesky but are easy to kill if you know the trick. They always take off by jumping up and a little backwards. They have weirdo eyes that let them see in every direction but you can use that against them. Let a fly land on any flat surface. Slowly approach it and clap your hands ~ 1 inch over the fly. It will jump right into your hands and get smushed. Sure, vigorous hand washing ensues, but hey, no more fly.

My fly swatting trick makes you look like a Jedi master though. You stand still with the swatter in your hand then wait for it to fly by. Because their flight speed is quite a bit slower than their take off speed, with some scant concentration, you can easily smack it right out of the air. Once you can do that, you can start getting cocky. A friend of a friend can hit them with pencils and pens. I use my cellphone.

Though I appreciate your method, the swatter becomes somewhat of a cheat doesn't it? The true essence of fly swatting must come from the soul. We all must be willing to get our hands dirty, if not, there will be this whole fly killing movement that is devoid of danger and/or disease.  How is that of value?

Though I proposed the simplest method I know of in a previous post, I must confess that my preferred method involves an unused staple and a toothpick.


Isn't the testament of mankind it's power over nature? Should one eschew the hard won culture of our forebears and deny the use of technology?

Truly a question for the ages.
 
2014-08-21 05:31:03 PM  
Doc Batarang:

My fly swatting trick makes you look like a Jedi master though. You stand still with the swatter in your hand then wait for it to fly by. Because their flight speed is quite a bit slower than their take off speed, with some scant concentration, you can easily smack it right out of the air. Once you can do that, you can start getting cocky. A friend of a friend can hit them with pencils and pens. I use my cellphone.

Since I feed them to my chameleon, my version of this is I wait with a plastic container with a lid (not sure what you'd call it but sort of like a tall yoghurt container made of thin plastic that I kept from buying crickets) and clap the lid and container around the fly as it goes by.

Part of the trick is the container is clear so it tricks them into trying to avoid your hands but they don't see the container.  I'll have to try a variation of this for when they land now that I know they take off by flying backwards thanks to Monkey2
 
2014-08-21 06:11:59 PM  

John Buck 41: BumpInTheNight: I'd rather not eat at Macdonald's or Wendy's, thank you very much.

What's Macdonalds? And furthermore, Macdonalds what?


Did you just white knight Macdonald's?
 
2014-08-21 06:17:14 PM  

pseudowho: Doc Batarang:

My fly swatting trick makes you look like a Jedi master though. You stand still with the swatter in your hand then wait for it to fly by. Because their flight speed is quite a bit slower than their take off speed, with some scant concentration, you can easily smack it right out of the air. Once you can do that, you can start getting cocky. A friend of a friend can hit them with pencils and pens. I use my cellphone.

Since I feed them to my chameleon, my version of this is I wait with a plastic container with a lid (not sure what you'd call it but sort of like a tall yoghurt container made of thin plastic that I kept from buying crickets) and clap the lid and container around the fly as it goes by.

Part of the trick is the container is clear so it tricks them into trying to avoid your hands but they don't see the container.  I'll have to try a variation of this for when they land now that I know they take off by flying backwards thanks to Monkey2


The fly's vision is kind of funky. I'm sure I can't explain it precisely, but in effect if you clap your hands, or snap a container closed about an inch or so over them when they are grounded they will jump up, and a little backwards right into where they get trapped/killed. Their vision, while amazing,  is impaired in such a way that they don't realize that if they just stayed where they were they would be OK.
 
2014-08-21 07:51:09 PM  

Monkey2: The fly's vision is kind of funky. I'm sure I can't explain it precisely, but in effect if you clap your hands, or snap a container closed about an inch or so over them when they are grounded they will jump up, and a little backwards right into where they get trapped/killed. Their vision, while amazing, is impaired in such a way that they don't realize that if they just stayed where they were they would be OK.


That's interesting.

I wonder if it's their vision or the interpretation of it (sort of like how our brains make everything look right side up when we actually see upside down). Or some instinctual behavior that is based on the "assumption" that predators try to grab them directly rather than anticipate the fly's movement and grab where they're going to be.

Trying to kill or catch flies when they've landed the direct way has failed for me more times than it's succeeded, so the system works pretty well for them regardless.
 
2014-08-21 07:59:02 PM  
I make the flies and roaches wipe their feet on the mat when they come in, so it's all good.
 
2014-08-21 08:22:34 PM  

sandreckoner: If A Fly Landed On Your Food, Would You Still Eat It?


I wouldn't eat it regardless of where it had landed.


Well played.
 
2014-08-21 08:51:34 PM  

pseudowho: Monkey2: The fly's vision is kind of funky. I'm sure I can't explain it precisely, but in effect if you clap your hands, or snap a container closed about an inch or so over them when they are grounded they will jump up, and a little backwards right into where they get trapped/killed. Their vision, while amazing, is impaired in such a way that they don't realize that if they just stayed where they were they would be OK.

That's interesting.

I wonder if it's their vision or the interpretation of it (sort of like how our brains make everything look right side up when we actually see upside down). Or some instinctual behavior that is based on the "assumption" that predators try to grab them directly rather than anticipate the fly's movement and grab where they're going to be.

Trying to kill or catch flies when they've landed the direct way has failed for me more times than it's succeeded, so the system works pretty well for them regardless.


If I remember correctly it's a horizontal v. vertical aspect that you can take advantage of. When you clap your hands above them, they see the threat from a horizontal aspect, not realizing that the threat is actually above them. Therefore they jump up and back, and into your hands. I read a book about this years ago and can't remember the title or author, wish I could. In any case flies, though a nuisance, are pretty amazing. We've all seen them land on a ceiling. The way they do it is pretty spectacular. They actually grab the surface with their front legs and flip their entire body with those legs to end up upside-down on the ceiling.

/My nerdiness is showing
//Look into it, they are fascinating
 
2014-08-21 09:00:02 PM  

BumpInTheNight: John Buck 41: BumpInTheNight: I'd rather not eat at Macdonald's or Wendy's, thank you very much.

What's Macdonalds? And furthermore, Macdonalds what?

Did you just white knight Macdonald's?


No. I white knighted proper spelling and grammar.
 
2014-08-22 02:45:22 AM  

pseudowho: Monkey2: The fly's vision is kind of funky. I'm sure I can't explain it precisely, but in effect if you clap your hands, or snap a container closed about an inch or so over them when they are grounded they will jump up, and a little backwards right into where they get trapped/killed. Their vision, while amazing, is impaired in such a way that they don't realize that if they just stayed where they were they would be OK.

That's interesting.

I wonder if it's their vision or the interpretation of it (sort of like how our brains make everything look right side up when we actually see upside down). Or some instinctual behavior that is based on the "assumption" that predators try to grab them directly rather than anticipate the fly's movement and grab where they're going to be.

Trying to kill or catch flies when they've landed the direct way has failed for me more times than it's succeeded, so the system works pretty well for them regardless.


I believe that's why my thing works so well. The fly's flight speed is pretty slow in reality, and it's manuverability isn't all that hot either. Compared to other insects which have high maneuverability or high speed, a fly is relatively easy to swat. For instance, bats aren't that maneuverable overall but their flight speed is better than their prey and they basically catch whatever they're after using only their mouths. I posit here that because of features of insect eyes such as you described, it's relatively easy for a creature like a bat, human, or frog to get a lead on the general parameters of fly flight a make a successful kill only knowing where it's going to be relative to where it is as a simple function of thought.
 
2014-08-22 01:45:16 PM  

John Buck 41: BumpInTheNight: John Buck 41: BumpInTheNight: I'd rather not eat at Macdonald's or Wendy's, thank you very much.

What's Macdonalds? And furthermore, Macdonalds what?

Did you just white knight Macdonald's?

No. I white knighted proper spelling and grammar.


Ahh, hear than allow me too ruin you're day.
 
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