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02-08-2008 08:08 PM  11 years ago
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dibbs

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Housefly lands on ceiling
I watched a housefly land on my ceiling today and wondered how it did that? Did it half-loop or half-roll to accomplish this feat? Dibbs
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02-08-2008 08:10 PM  11 years ago
Furious Predator

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oh man....i thought i was bored...

good question though. i bet it reversed pitch and did a piro flip.
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02-08-2008 08:15 PM  11 years ago
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Did it half-loop or half-roll to accomplish this feat?
Was the ceiling fan on?
op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t
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02-08-2008 08:18 PM  11 years ago
TachyonDriver

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A quick surf revealed this

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a5_043.html

Obviously HOVERflies kick their ass though
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02-08-2008 08:21 PM  11 years ago
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Awww... this coulda gone on for pages, man!op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t
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02-08-2008 08:47 PM  11 years ago
nojohnny101

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hey
Ever since that airplane on a treadmill thread...LOL this has gotten way out of hand

I like it....carry on

Thanks
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02-08-2008 09:11 PM  11 years ago
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http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=174854

http://amos.indiana.edu/library/scripts/fly.html
This isn't just a question for lazy, fly-swatting summer afternoons. In fact, before the advent of high-speed photography, there was heated debate among scientists as to exactly how a fly flips over in order to land on a ceiling. High-speed cameras have revealed that a fly performs this feat not like a rigid airplane doing aeronautical tricks, but like a limber circus acrobat entertaining a crowd.

Here's the sequence for the performance: first, the fly buzzes up very close to the ceiling. Then it kicks its front legs up and over its head until they touch the ceiling. Once the fly has a good foothold with its front legs, it's a simple matter to somersault all the way over and plant its hind legs firmly on the ceiling too. Now all that's left is for the audience to applaud--or swat!.
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02-09-2008 12:50 AM  11 years ago
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I posted this question on the Airplane on a treadmill post to see if I could derail some of the madness going on over there, but then posted it here to see how far it would go. It sure was a lot more fun for debate`s sake back in the days before the internet. We could`nt Google to get instant answers, but it sure is nice to be able to go to 'Snopes' and the like to debunk some of the e-mails that go around that we all get. I usually send the person the page and then suggest that they check with 'Snopes' before they forward. I first heard of this about 25 years ago while working at Heck`s Flying Service, one of the largert crop dusting operations in ohio at the time. It was one of those days when the wind was being unpredictable and we were all waiting for the decision from on high as to shut down for the day or not. Well it went like this: I walked into the airport lounge to about thirty pilots in a most heated debate, some in pairs or little groups of 4 or 5 all with their hands waving in the air and say things like " No, no, look at it, it rolls over before it touches down, look!" Well in the middle of all this mayhem was our illustrious leader, Art Heck, the owner/operator of the joint sitting behind his desk calmly observing the goings on. I go over and asked him what was up and he said "All I did was ask a simple question.... boys, how`d that fly get on the ceiling, loop or roll? He said he had posed the question over an hour before. And let`s not forget about the chopper pilots going on about if the fly goes through translational lift during it`s liftoff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man, I miss those days. Dibbs.
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02-09-2008 12:53 AM  11 years ago
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Was the window open? op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t
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