Science: Strictly for the Birds

After selling baubles and fancy fabrics to the world's theaters for more than a century, Dazian's Inc. is seldom surprised when strange uses are discovered for its merchandise. When its twisted metallic streamers, designed to decorate theater marquees, blossomed on the nation's highways as filling-station art, the stolid firm took it as a matter of course. Then a Middle Western mechanic reported that for the first time he was able to harvest a full crop from the strawberry patch next to his filling station. He gave all the credit to sunlight glinting off the bright streamers and frightening marauding birds.

Amazed at...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!