How to catch the common housefly with bare hands

  1. Position open palms, face-in, equi-distant from resting housefly in the middle. Start some distance away so as not to alarm it.
  2. Gradually move both palms together, closing in on unsuspecting prey, making sure palms are always equi-distant to fly.
  3. When palms are about 6 inches apart, slam palms together.

Apparently, the fly reacts to threat in a very simple manner: by flying off directly away from the threat. By approaching it simultaneously from two opposite directions, it gets confused. (Heck, after a few beers, you can catch me the same way!) Try it this summer - on the flies, I mean - it really works.