For further discussion:
- A former roommate of mine, a biologist, told me fruit flies can have sex for like 20 minutes. Yea? Nay?
- There's another theory that small amounts of heavy water (water that contains deuterium instead of hydrogen) can lengthen life span (at least in, you guessed it, fruit flies). In large amounts, however, it is deadly.
- If you have a fruit fly problem in your kitchen, try pouring bleach down the drain.
- My friend Chip once, as a kid, drank a cup of bleach. His father was cleaning out a water cooler, and Chip mistook the bleach for water and downed a cup, then realized what he'd done. He read on the back of the bleach bottle "CAN CAUSE DEATH." A little while later his mom found him sitting in his room by himself, crying, looking at old pictures, absolutely sure he was going to die. He was fine. Same guy, many years later, accidentally set his face on fire while taking a flaming shot. He was fine. Same guy also introduced me to Perfumes: The Guide; he is old friends with Tania Sanchez, and thought I would like it.