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There is the case of the gentleman who had trained a flea to leap at the
command "Jump!" "Now," said the clever gentleman, "I shall do an experiment to
discover where the flea's ears are located. First I shall amputate his feelers."
In the insect world, however, the statement is literally true. Moliere could not have
known this, since the only insects with which cultivated men of his era were on
intimate terms of acquaintance were fleas and lice, neither of which dance but 80
acquaintance were fleas and lice, neither of which dance but each of which could
, on occasion, incite their hosts to do so. Other insects less domesticated than the
flea and the louse do dance; indeed, to dance is to exist. For some, dancing is ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Arseny - LibraryThing
Great book, and it reads surprisingly well. The only sign of age really is the use of pronouns (the scientist is always "he", even despite the fact that female science students are mentioned several ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
I thought that this book was hysterical. It is not the book for people wanted all the scientific facts about flies, although it does have some interesting tidbits along the way. Instead, it cheerfully ... Read full review