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Mythbusting? "You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar."


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#1 Flashman

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 05:49 PM

Hi folks,

It is my contention and speculation that the aphorism:

"You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar."

Is completely false.

I contend that vinegar is very effective at catching flies, whereas honey is useless. This is due to the observation that I found I had a leakage of a honey dispenser (One of those squirty ones that sits on it cap) that had been sitting on an open shelf unattended for some time, and it had ZERO, ZIP, NADA, insects caught in it. Whereas an aqueous preparation of malt vinegar, water and dish soap, theorised by myself to mimic the odor of rotting fruit and thus attract fruit flies, catches and kills dozens of fruit flies a day.

Discuss,

Flashman.

(BTW, this seemed most appropriate section for this, please direct me otherwise if I was wrong)
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#2 big314mp

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 08:23 PM

This is all I can contribute:

http://xkcd.com/357/
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#3 Flashman

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 08:36 PM

LOL, nice find.
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#4 aguy2

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:32 PM

Hi folks,

It is my contention and speculation that the aphorism:

"You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar."

Is completely false.

I contend that vinegar is very effective at catching flies, whereas honey is useless. This is due to the observation that I found I had a leakage of a honey dispenser (One of those squirty ones that sits on it cap) that had been sitting on an open shelf unattended for some time, and it had ZERO, ZIP, NADA, insects caught in it. Whereas an aqueous preparation of malt vinegar, water and dish soap, theorised by myself to mimic the odor of rotting fruit and thus attract fruit flies, catches and kills dozens of fruit flies a day.

Discuss,

Flashman.

(BTW, this seemed most appropriate section for this, please direct me otherwise if I was wrong)


Here are 2 more debunks:

"If you wish in 1 hand and s*** in the other, you know what you will get."

I contend that, "You will get your wish.", that you shouldn't have done that!

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"Nice guys finish last."

I contend, "Everything is true about that statement, except for the 'last' word."
aguy2

Ps. Nice find big314mp. I have added the site to my favorites.
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