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A study of the Musca Domestica

by Archives September 20, 2006

10:00 a.m.: The study begins.The lights go on, it appears that the subject is also awake and seems drawn to the light.

10:20 a.m.: After 20 minutes of struggle with the lamp shade and a few head-on collisions with the bulb, the subject has moved on to natural light. The window is clearly his favorite place.

11:00 a.m.: The subject seems unaware that a thin glass surface separates him from the outside. He flies up and down, repeatedly smashing against the glass.

11:30 a.m.: The subject’s hopes of an easy escape have subsided. He decides to explore his surroundings.

11:45 a.m.: After 15 minutes of flight, I’ve apparently lost the subject.

11:50 a.m.: The subject is undoubtedly familiar with the tactics of camouflage. He has found a surface that matches his colour. When I approach to study his behaviour, the subject seems threatened by my presence and moves to another surface.

12:00 p.m.: Lunch time. It appears that the subject is blessed with an acute sense of smell as he is immediately drawn to the food. The subject is also very hygienic, before eating he cleanses his feet and face several times.

12:30 p.m.: Exercise is a large part of the subject’s daily routine. He has been flying for over 20 minutes. It is speculated that he is burning the calories consumed at lunch.

12:45 p.m.: The subject lands on my arm. And then my nose. It appears that the subject has adapted to my presence and now wants to play.

1:00 p.m.: I engage in a game of catch with the subject. It seems that he has remarkable eyesight. After several failed attempts to catch him, it has now occurred to me that the subject might have eyes on the back of his head.

1:15 p.m.: I’ve become restless, I need help. I call in Sheeba of the felidae family (also known as the housecat) for assistance.

1:30 p.m.: Upon entering the room Sheeba immediately understands her task. She first tries to lure the subject with a strange call.

1:45 p.m.: It becomes clear that the subject seems more mesmerized by the window than the felidae’s cry.

2:00 p.m.: Sheiba pounces several times on the subject but to no avail.

2:15 p.m.: Sheiba is indisputably determined. Using all of her resources, she leaps one more time towards the subject while using her retractable claws.

2:20 p.m.: The subject spirals down. He is now on the ground between Sheiba’s paws. She watches as the subject dances for her, flaps his wings and expels a strange buzzing sound. The subject stops suddenly and plays dead.

2:25 p.m.: Sheiba, hoping that play time is not over, taps the subject to wake him. The subject is imperturbable.

2:30 p.m.: Sheiba has not only murdered the subject, she is now masticating its corpse.

2:31 p.m.: The study has unexpectedly come to an end.

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