Monday, May 13, 2013
May 13. Day 133. The gloves are off
The word is, much the same principle is behind these water filled gloves I spied hanging from the ceiling of a Korean restaurant in West End at lunch time.
They made quite a fetching decoration but I knew there had to be more to it than that.
The chef, whose English was far better than my Korean, was very patient as he explained the theory behind the gloves.
Apparently they ward off flies. When you consider how many flies a single barbecue can attract, a restaurant with a barbecue at every table would be one hell of a fly magnet.
But the gloves attract the flies and according to the the chef their surfaces reflect. In a way they are like carnival mirrors that distort and magnify so the fly finds itself staring at great, big terrifying fly eyes and the only reasonable choice is to buzz off. Well that's the theory.
I have no idea if this works any better than the milk containers filled with water which were supposed to stop dogs from pooping on your lawn. They didn't work and even if they had they looked worse than the poo they were supposed to stop. In this case whether they work or not the gloves still looked great. Quite handy really.