Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by Paul
I really liked the phrase "new fly in the forest" to refer to
something people don't (but should) pay attention to.
I just googled it, expecting many hits, but there are very few, and all
of them refer to Bugliosi's books. So he must be the only one that's using
this phrase. It's a good one (in my opinion) and I would like to see it
Why is it apt? Are forests particularly known for flies?
I just like the imagery. Observe how popular the "elephant in the room"
saying is, but elephants are not often in rooms.
I would think that forests are good environments for flies but I'm not
an expert. It's the sort of thing Athel probably knows though I don't
think he's a specialist expert in entomology.
I think there's a need for a saying like that because I don't see a
prominent substitute. Bugliosi writes things like "It didn't attract any
more attention than a new fly in the forest."
It has some similarity to "elephant in the room" but the elephant saying
involves something noticed but not talked about, whereas the fly saying
refers to events that are not sufficiently noticed.
One way it's apt is that I think we have an expectation in a forest of
nature events happening. If flies are copulating in your room to produce
a new fly, it might attract your attention but in a forest it wouldn't.