MOSQUITOES ARE ATTRACTED TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECENTLY EATEN BANANAS
That’s what a recent email told me. So if I’ll stay away from their banana-ey goodness, can I expect to be welt-free all summer? I suspect this propaganda was started by the apple or kiwi industry.
Scientist have proven the family of plantains have little effect on attracting or repelling insect suckers. (Nor do dryer sheets, Lemon Joy, and Skin-so-Soft.)
My in-box is full of helpful, stupid advice which is much like fiction writing in its most basic form: simple, believable lies.
There are video instructions on how to lie (isn’t the internet amazing??? Who needs college or relationships?) I’ll summarize to save the dent on your soul for reading it:
1. Get your events straight
2. Include details
3. Combine the lie with the truth.
4. Make your lies believable
Sounds like the makings of a novel or at least flash fiction. Probably the best piece of advice was to get a book on How To Spot A Liar. It’s an encyclopedia of fidgety finger movements, eye focus, and never showing your palms. Perfect gestures for a story’s slippery characters.
Our reader’s brain takes in all the cues we insert and comes to a conclusion to believe or not. Hopefully, we’ve built a world they believe in…even the lies.
So…of course our mosquito would like bananas. It’s believable because we LOVE the yellow fruit. They’re good for everything from PMS to constipation…unfortunately they’re also slightly radioactive. Believe me.
Or is it a lie?
(I’ll tell you tomorrow.)