Did you know it was possible to leash a fly?  Obviously, this is not something I ever even considered–until recently.  S and I were sitting around talking one evening a few weeks ago and a fly had gotten into the house.  S proceeded to tell me an “all-boy” story about his younger days.  He explained how they would catch a fly, lasso it with a long hair, and then allow it to fly around on its makeshift “leash.”  I did not believe him and told him it likely wasn’t possible.  He was going to have to prove it.  I didn’t really think about it again.  
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 Until he decided to prove it.  I guess it’s true that you should never dare a man unless you want to see action!

So, here is S’s disgusting little tutorial on how to leash a fly:

First you have to carefully sneak up on and catch an unsuspecting fly.

First you have to carefully sneak up on and catch an unsuspecting fly.

 

Then you find a willing long hair donor (in this case, as I happened to be the only person in the house with long hair, I got to be the donor.)  You form the hair into a "lasso" of sorts with a slip knot, and, while holding the fly, slip it over his head, and gently tighten the noose.

Then you find a willing long hair donor (in this case, as I happened to be the only person in the house with long hair, I got to be the donor.) You form the hair into a "lasso" of sorts with a slip knot, and, while holding the fly, slip it over his head, and gently tighten the noose.

Frankly, I have never before closely observed a fly, but they actually have amazing dexterity of their limbs.  In fact, this particular victim managed to loosen and remove his noose 3 separate times before S finally got it secure enough. 

Encourage fly to fly away! According to S, the fly's reaction will vary at this point. Some will fly in circles, while others will just hang there. This one was somewhere in between.

Encourage fly to fly away! According to S, the fly's reaction will vary at this point. Some will fly in circles, while others will just hang there. This one was somewhere in between.

At this point, you can take the fly for a walk or a flight to a place of your choosing.  Of course when you are finished, just relax his leash and allow the fly to remove the noose.

At this point, you can take the fly for a walk or a flight to a place of your choosing. Of course when you are finished, as a responsible pet owner, you should just relax his leash and allow the fly to remove the noose.

 The totally useless lesson I found during this incredibly disgusting, yet morbidly fascinating, experience is that, yes, it is totally possible to leash a fly.  Just in case you should ever desire to do so.

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