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(TreeHugger)   Anybody who has ever enjoyed a robust goblet of wine better give thanks to the humble fruit fly   ( divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-21 08:34:42 AM  
If you find a damaged tree oozing sap, take a closer look. The sap may be fermenting and attracting little fruit flies. Same principle.

(If you don't like little flies, don't look. Also, if you don't like fly mating rituals, don't look, because it's like the red light district in there with all the wing waving and prodding and preening.)
2014-08-21 09:07:52 AM  
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.
2014-08-21 10:18:09 AM  
A robust goblet you say?  Pish posh, to be able to truly savor my wine, I require a robust tankard.
2014-08-21 10:19:13 AM  
My bottle of Chilean wine had a worm in it.

It produces flavors of dung, rubber, and stale coffee.
2014-08-21 10:22:33 AM  
had some pineapples ripening on my table that had some fruit flies who found it.  Well, there were a lot of them.  Put the pineapples in the fridge, and put together the handy dandy fruit fly trap.  Get yourself a pilsner glass, fill it with an inch or two of apple cider vinegar.  Take a piece of square paper (something stiff like a magazine add that's big works best) and curl it into a cone.  Get some tape, duct tape will do nicely, tape your cone so that the bottom small end has a small hole, just a couple milimeters.  Put your cone small end down into your pilsner glass but make sure the bottom doesn't touch the cider, you want it to stay dry (pour some out if this is the case).  Then, duct tape the big end of the cone to your glass so that it's sealed.  The fruit flies love the smell, go down the hole, but then can't get out.  In a couple days, no more flies.
2014-08-21 10:36:46 AM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: My bottle of Chilean wine had a worm in it.

It produces flavors of dung, rubber, and stale coffee.

I had to pay extra for that.
2014-08-21 11:34:46 AM  
Thank you, fruit fly.

2014-08-21 11:53:27 AM  
Picture a wine taster, staring down their nose into a ruby red shiraz. As they swish the glass and inhale they detect hints of black currant and raspberry, an expression of deep concentration on their face.

'Oh, how I long to hear this man say to me, "Excuse me, but I need to set someone straight about the merits of the new Big Bertha XP-200 titanium driver."'
2014-08-21 12:00:50 PM  
Glad the wineys like it but if just one fruit fly gets into your home brew, it will ruin the whole vat.

\\ Been there.  Had that done to me.
2014-08-21 12:19:07 PM  
I only drink from the flagon with the dragon.

/It has the potion that is pure.
2014-08-21 01:24:30 PM  
Well if this makes people uncomfortable, then don't ask about how figs are pollinated.. It's better if you didn't know especially if you like fig newtons.
2014-08-21 01:57:44 PM  
If the fruit fly really is humble, it wouldn't want us to thank it.
2014-08-21 02:36:17 PM

Thanks, fruit flies!
2014-08-21 04:25:26 PM  

vudukungfu: Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.

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