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Sexually Rejected Flies Turn To Booze 95

sciencehabit writes "Offer a male fruit fly a choice between food soaked in alcohol and its nonalcoholic equivalent, and his decision will depend on whether he's mated recently or been rejected by a female. Flies that have been given the cold shoulder are more likely to go for the booze, researchers have found. It's the first discovery, in fruit flies, of a social interaction that influences future behavior."
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Sexually Rejected Flies Turn To Booze

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  • by oreiasecaman ( 2466136 ) < minus cat> on Thursday March 15, 2012 @07:55PM (#39372013)

    I guess if I were a sexually-deprived fly I would be drinking too... just like I do as a sexually-deprived basement dweller

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 15, 2012 @07:57PM (#39372033)

    It's just to make the un-attractive fruit flies around look better.

  • by perry64 ( 1324755 ) on Thursday March 15, 2012 @07:59PM (#39372067)
    Probably like most /. readers, he needs the alcohol to get up the nerve to approach the female fly.
  • by ( 985038 ) on Thursday March 15, 2012 @08:00PM (#39372077)
    ... fruit flies like a bottle of booze.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Must be a Gnome3/Gnome Shell problem ;-)

  • ...they turn to Slashdot.

  • What about hooker flies? Another study, I suppose.
    • Well, there's a spider that bribes the female with food. I guess you could consider that athropostitution?

  • by Tynin ( 634655 ) on Thursday March 15, 2012 @08:08PM (#39372169)
    Nerdy fly fetishes of the world, your time is now! The fly on fly doggy style action shot is just...

    ::notices the wife unit enter the room::

    Uh... oh... hi honey! Oh no, I only read ScienceMag for the articles... !
  • by InsectOverlord ( 1758006 ) on Thursday March 15, 2012 @08:09PM (#39372179)
    It must suck to be sexually rejected AND lack hands.
  • Great... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by wbr1 ( 2538558 )
    Another scientific reason for women to say we arw the lowest form of life and reject us. Pepe Lopez, here I come.
    • Another scientific reason for women to say we arw the lowest form of life

      If you get into that kind of discussion with women and are serious about it, you have problems.

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Thursday March 15, 2012 @08:15PM (#39372235)

    ... flies get shit-faced.

  • I read it as "Sexually Rejected Files Turn To Booze". I was completely confounded for a moment until I expanded the summary, and saw the words "male fruit fly", which I read correctly.

    Bizarre.... I don't typically have dyslexic moments.

    • I am so glad I was not alone in reading "files"

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I made the same mistake. I really don't think it's so much of a dyslexic moment as much as it is that you probably see the word "files" on a regular basis and so your brain is more likely to initially think that word when you're quickly skimming headlines. There's also a general lack of context until you get down to the bit about fruit flies, that unless you're reading very slowly, and deliberately, it's not a difficult mistake to make. There are plenty of interesting examples that illustrate how our brain

    • by FrootLoops ( 1817694 ) on Thursday March 15, 2012 @11:51PM (#39373791)

      Well, remember

      Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

      Not actually determining the order of "e, i, l" is probably common in humans reading this title, so some people will just pick "files" since it fits all the data they've gathered at a glance. Also, "i" and "l" are so close that the two alternatives are hard to distinguish, leading to more errors. Neither of these issues falls under the term dyslexia. While it's common to call letter transpositions dyslexia, the term actually means something quite different. It roughly translates to "difficulty with words" and generally denotes difficulty reading caused by neurological problems (as opposed to, say, poor instruction). Just to fight social stigma, I should mention that dyslexia is essentially uncorrelated with intelligence--dyslexics tend to read more slowly and have trouble spelling, but they're not on average either smarter or stupider.

      [Note: I'm not sure if the quote above is actually supported by academic research, though there's clearly at least some truth to it. snopes [] isn't sure either. Really one should ask a linguist.]

      • by ed1park ( 100777 )

        Plus, most people here have a predisposition to computer files on the mind and not flies.

    • by wbr1 ( 2538558 )
      Guilty. I had to read the headline twice.
    • Such a Freudian slip of the mind shows a diseased mind that is best examined... from 2 km through a sniper scope... I should know... I read it that way too.

      You know you are a nerd when your brain tries to relate any sentence with the word sex in it, to computers.

  • ...because I would have produced the same test result.

  • by dzr0001 ( 1053034 ) on Thursday March 15, 2012 @09:37PM (#39372971)
    This is only because the flies don't know how to give the alcohol soaked food to the female flies first.
  • ... a wingman joke in here somehwere.....
  • your tax dollars at work people, wonder how much grant money that cost us

  • ...when I was Lord of Flies
  • You became a bad example for fruit flies!
  • ...the equally important discovery that after successfully mating, both flies lie on their backs and smoke cigarettes?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Its far from politically correct to say these things, but for decades study after study has consistently shown women are the root cause of many of society's woes. Everything from cheating to sexual divients, and even rapests and serial killers frequently share a common factor - hateful rejection by women throughout their teenage years. The fact is, a lot of women simple don't reject, they scornfully spur wouldbe suitors.

    Later, many women use sex as a weapon. This is directly equatable to conditional love. T

  • Now I know why fruit flies are all over the place when they fly - and also why they are so easy to kill.

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