November 27, 2009
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I’ve invented a fun new game at work.
It’s called Gross Out Your Colleagues With Bug-related TMI.
This is how you play:
1. wait for a co-worker to notice, then comment on, the strange-looking little flies crawling on their window pane, desk, or coffee mug
2. wait for the co-worker to swat at or otherwise shoo away the strange-looking little flies as they mutter something along the lines of : “damn fruit flies”
3. smile nicely and say “those aren’t fruit flies, they’re SEWER flies”
4. wait for the pause, then your co-worker’s cautious words: “what do you mean, ‘sewer flies’?
5. share the following fun factoids:
- sewer flies (also called “drain flies”) are typically found in moist areas ladden with highly organic debris, such as sink drains, sewage treatment facilities, storm drains, dung and rotten vegetation.
- female sewer flies lay their eggs in the sludge lining drain and sewer pipes
- the larvae FEED on decaying organic material found in the pipes
6. enjoy the look of disgust that slowly creeps over your co-worker’s face and laugh as they scamper off to find the nearest bottle of hand sanitizer.
I’m having too much fun with this game to mention what is obviously a pretty bad infestation to the building services/sanitation peeps. Does that make me evil?
(for the Geekalicious: Sewer flies = true flies (Diptera) of the suborder Nematocera, which contains flies with largely aquatic larvae and includes the mosquitoes and crane flies. Too cool for school with the bad-ass family name “Psychodidae”…but also a tad too fuzzy-wuzzy and cute to take them seriously).