I learned something interesting about zebras today. Scientists have long been discussing what the purpose of their stripes are, and there are several theories. One is that the stripes help the zebras distinguish one another, since they all have a unique pattern of stripes. Another theory is that the stripes are there to hide the zebras from predators, or even scare them off (the idea is that the stripes may cause the predators to confuse a herd of zebras for one giant animal)
Yet another theory is that the stripes confuse flies and make them unable to bite the zebras. This has actually been proven through a series of scientific tests. They painted three groups of horses in different ways: the first group got painted white, the second black and the third in zebra-like stripes. They found that the striped horses were considerably less bothered by flies than the other two groups.
So, if you want to avoid being bothered by flies and possibly mosquitoes this summer, try wearing striped clothes. It may work against predators, as well.