This Sneaky Trash Can Lid Lures Flies to Their Death

Just like Romeo and Juliet, flies are tragically destined to crave their one true love: Pungent, moldy, rotten garbage. And thanks to this ingenious trash can design that traps flies only to have them starve, the flies' love can prove just as fatal as Shakespeare's.

Envisioned by designers Chang Shih-hsun and Hung Jui-yuan, the trash can lid's mechanism is delightfully simple. Slits on the bottom of the lid allow an imperceptibly small amount trash odor to rise up, attracting the flies to the can itself. As soon as flies enter through the outer slits, they'll find themselves trapped in a barren inner container in which they'll be sentenced to death by starvation. There's even a clear acrylic window that lets you to make sure every last fly has died before you open the lid—a particularly nice touch for the sadists among us.

This Sneaky Trash Can Lid Lures Flies to Their Death

This Sneaky Trash Can Lid Lures Flies to Their Death

While the lid is still just in concept mode, the duo did win a Red Dot award for their clever fly-killing contraption. And of course, you can always accomplish the same general process with some cider vinegar and a carefully cut piece of saran wrap. Still, this is a great little way of adding additional functionality to a product we all use in the first place. [Discovery News via Yanko Design]