How to swat a fly

“The research suggests that the best way of swatting a fly is to creep up slowly and aim ahead of its location.”

Well, duh. I bet those researchers spent months trying to work out how to get the last ship in Space Invaders too.

Experience tells me that a good flyswat (one that doesn’t push air in front of it as it moves – that’s important) and a modicum of dexterity are the main things needed to hit a fly. With practice you can even remove the head and leave the rest of the body intact, although it’s not pleasant to clear up.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Fly’s brain ‘senses swat threat’

Microsoft’s ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ experiment

Microsoft have used their MSN network to study the Six Degrees of Separation theory and seem to think the average number is about six after all. Which I could have told them anyway…

The good news is my Six Degrees Facebook application gets a mention at the bottom of the Guardian article.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Study revives six degrees theory

Proof! Just six degrees of separation between us

Six Degrees of Separation on Facebook