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FlyBegone window funnel

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Flies - they're not big, and they're not clever. Typically, they will buzz aimlessly around the room for a while, then head for the window where they will bounce repeatedly against the flat panes before going for another tour of the room. As they get more desperate, their window-bombing becomes more frequent but no less ineffective.

Window-bombing fly-related woes begone! MaxCo is proud to intronnounce the FlyBegone Window Funnel!

The FlyBegone funnel is attractively crafted from the finest first- pressing acrylic, and resembles, well, a funnel. The base is 4.11 inches in diameter, and the stubby cone tapers to a 1.2cm orifice. Simply get your local glazer to cut a 4-inch circular hole in one window pane, and affix the base of the FlyBegone to the outside of the glass.

The secret of the FlyBegone is in the carefully designed prisms sculpted into the surface of the acrylic, ensuring that it scatters all available sunlight inwards, thereby appearing brighter than the rest of the window. Flies, desperate to escape and moving, naturally, towards the light, will make a fly-line for the FlyBegone. Instead of battering themselves pointlessly and irritatingly against the flat window glass, they will find themselves funnelled out of the room completely, finding the freedom they crave whilst relieving the householder of their annoying buzz.

MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 01 2009

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       Why go from inches to metric?   

       Other than that fine point, it sounds like a fresnel lobster trap.
normzone, Jul 01 2009
  

       aaaand yet another bun for the fine people at MaxCo. [+]
FlyingToaster, Jul 01 2009
  

       //Why go from inches to metric// Because glaziers are traditionalists whereas flies have a more European perspective.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 01 2009
  

       (marked-for-tagline)   

       "Because glaziers are traditionalists whereas flies have a more European perspective"
normzone, Jul 01 2009
  

       Moths certainly aim for the brightest spots around, because they are attracted to warmth. But are flies analogously motivated? I think they might simply be aiming for the window in general, because window means freedom! Does .5B have a team of scientists who can investigate this point? If moths aim for illumination, and flies aim for freedom, then I would say moths are more European and flies are more American.
swimswim, Jul 01 2009
  

       Perhaps it could taper to a 1.2cm orifice impregnated with faecal/carrion something or other, but I think the funnel should be enough. The fly just needs to aim at the window. It'll find the orifice soon enough, the funnel does the rest. MaxCo will have to come up with some way to stop pigeons s(h)itting on the funnel though. [+] anyway.
shudderprose, Jul 01 2009
  

       "Moths certainly aim for the brightest spots around, because they are attracted to warmth. But are flies analogously motivated? I think they might simply be aiming for the window in general, because window means freedom! Does .5B have a team of scientists who can investigate this point? If moths aim for illumination, and flies aim for freedom, then I would say moths are more European and flies are more American."   

       -No, really this is a prize.
WcW, Jul 02 2009
  

       Freedom flies?
BunsenHoneydew, Jul 02 2009
  

       Damm those metric flies.... why don't you just fit fly-absorbing glass?
xenzag, Jul 02 2009
  

       //Freedom flies?//   

       Egad flys.   
      
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