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November 12, 2011

Helpful Hints from joeeze: "A pet fly is not an impossibility"

So says 49-year-old Dave Kapell (not the co-star of the video above), creator of Magnetic Poetry.

For a story in Thursday's New York Times he shared with Michael Tortorello his quick and dirty technique:

At age 12, sitting in his middle-school chemistry class, [Kapell] was a fly trainer.

"You catch a fly and then throw it really hard against the desk to stun it," Mr. Kapell said. Next, ask a pretty classmate for a strand of long, fine hair. Tie a loop and cinch it around the fly's body.

Finally, he said, "stick your leash down with some gum on your desk." When the fly awakens, he said, it "will fly around on your little hair leash."

Although this stunt sounds like an urban legend, Mr. Kapell vowed it is not.

Laura Bradford, the beautiful girl who donated her long black hair, could not be reached for comment.

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We used to do this with scarab-type beetles when I was a kid.

Posted by: Becs | Nov 12, 2011 12:02:05 PM

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