Feb 042012

Clock that works off trapped flies

The Eco Mail

4 February 2062

A new clock, unveiled at Calcutta railway station yesterday, derives its energy by catching flies and using them as fuel. Inside the clock are cells containing cow dung which attracts the flies which are electrocuted as they enter the trap. There they decompose anaerobically to gases which are then used to fuel the machine which works the clock.

“Wherever there are flies all year round this type of fuel could be used for simple electronic equipment” said a representative of Flycell Limited.

Plans are now afoot to incorporate their equipment in all kinds of devices that could be used in countries such as Italy and the southern states of the US which are now badly affected by swarms of flies as a result of the international ban on insecticides which came into force two years ago.