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Posted Tue Sep 21st, 2010 7:17am Post subject: Animals and Pointing

Stephen mentions on an old episode of QI that no animal will ever look in the direction of where someone is pointing. Instead the animal looks at your finger.

I made a discovery not long after seeing this show that the common house fly will follow the direction of your finger (or more accurately, your arm) when you point.

So next time you have a fly buzzing around your head, point towards a door or window and you'll notice it zip off in that direction.


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Posted Tue Sep 21st, 2010 5:33pm Post subject: Animals and Pointing

Wow. Very interesting. I'll certainly try this out!

*Searches for fly*

A 17 year old girl from Hampshire with an unhealthy obsession for many things, including the irritatingly unavailable Mr Fry. Will most certainly attempt to kidnap him in the future and force him to marry me.

I apologize in advance, Stephen. ;)

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