I’d like to share with the teeming millions a newspaper article: it seems that a restaurant in Padua, Italy has choosen a novel (and non-toxic) way of dealing with the flies that bothered their customers.
The restaurant owners hung all over the place some cards with the number “58” printed on them with a big font, claiming that “they learned from TV that it is an old oriental trick” that works because “it messes with the 3D perception of the fly, that sees it as a threat” and therefore goes away to bother somebody else.
Hold on - I know that this is unmitigated bullshit, but I’d really like to know if there is actually some ancient (albeit silly) tradition of putting up numbers to scare insects away, or if the owner of the shop made it up (or if he is entirely crazy, of course).
Hmmm… Maybe we should start experimenting with this. A “57” might repel all those damned mosquitoes… “69” might work against Jeowah’s Witnesses, “00” against the IRS guys…