There was a mysterious disease that existed in Guam. It was the leading cause of adult death between 1945 & 1956. Fruit bats were part of the local diet at the time & became extinct as a result of over hunting. A decline in fruit bat consumption led to a decline in incidence of the disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyt…
Scientists placed vampire bats on a treadmill to study their movements when not flying. Vampire bats galloped like a horse even though they have wings. The unique adaption of being able to run allows the bats to move quickly between multiple animals when feeding on their blood . nature.com/news/2005/0503…
Billy Ripken’s 1989 Fleer baseball card has the words β€œF*ckFace” written on the bat due to a prank from teammates. cnbc.com/id/28116692
Vampire bats display reciprocal altruism. A vampire bat will die if it goes 70 hours without drinking blood, if one bat does not find a blood meal two nights in a row other bats may feed it regurgitated blood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rec…
Today I learned about Herb Abrams, the UWF wrestling promoter who died from a heart attack after being arrested by police for being covered in cocaine and baby oil, while chasing two hookers in his office with a baseball bat, all while being completely naked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
In WWII the US was going to use Bat Bombs on Japan to burn down houses and forests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Siri, Apple's voice assistant, actually starred in a movie. In The Lego Batman Movie (2017), she is the voice of The Bat-Computer, or 'Puter as Batman calls her. macrumors.com/2017/02/14/…
Humans are among a small hand full of species to menstruate including apes, monkeys, bats, and a type of shrew. Animals with an estrous cycle (they go into heat) can soak up the unused endometrium. youtu.be/cjbgZwgdY7Q
Evel Knievel tried to beat a man to death with a baseball bat in 1977 for writing a book that portrayed Knievel as "an immoral person". news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
Moths vibrate their genitals to avoid bats. This action produces ultrasound that jams bats’ built-in sonar, rendering the moths temporarily β€œinvisible”. nationalgeographic.com
Daniel Kish is a blind man who taught himself to navigate by echolocation (like bats) by making swift clicking sounds that reflected from objects around him. Using these reflected sounds, he makes a mental image of his surroundings. He now trains others to 'see' the world like he does. scienceabc.com/humans/why…
The Bracken Bat Cave in Texas is the largest known bat colony in the world. Over 20 million bats live in the cave, which is more bats than there are people living in Mumbai, Indiaβ€”one of the world’s largest human cities. doi.gov/blog/13-facts-abo…
There is an International Bat Appreciation Day, which is marked every year on Apr 17th. nationaldaycalendar.com/d…
Today I learned of the Bat' d'Af', French military units composed of heavily-tattooed criminals and problematic soldiers. Members called the units "the Hell" due to harsh discipine and living conditions. Despite this, they served with distinction in France's colonial wars, Crimea, and WW1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
America made bat bombs during World War II. The bomb consisted of a bomb-shaped casing with over a thousand compartments, each containing a hibernating Mexican free-tailed bat with a small, timed incendiary bomb attached. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about the Giant Golden-Crown Flying Fox. It is one of the largest bats in the world with a wingspan up to 5.6 feet. timesnownews.com/the-buzz…
Carnivorous pitcher plants’ orifice features a prolonged concave structure which acts as a multidirectional ultrasound reflecting bats’ echolocation calls cell.com/current-biology/…
Today I learned of the Nipah virus, which has a 50-75% mortality rate and is typically contracted by drinking something contaminated with bat pee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nip…
Of all the mammal species on Earth, one quarter of them are bats. Bats are also the only mammals that can fly. habitatforbats.org/bat-fa…
New American quarters will have bats. coinweek.com/modern-coins…
Today I learned of Mauro Prosperi who survived for 9 days alone in the Saharan Desert on a diet of urine and bats after becoming disoriented and travelling nearly 200 miles in the wrong direction during an endurance event. He was found in Algeria despite the race taking part in Morocco adventure.howstuffworks.c…
It is a myth that bats use their echolocation to deftly maneuver around one another. High speed cameras show that bats crash into each other all the time. vice.com/en_us/article/78…
In 1942 a dental surgeon from Pennsylvania USA wrote to the White House suggesting the use of incendiary bombs attached to bats, what ensued was $2 million dollars in research and a burnt down Air Force base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Bats are one of just a few species, besides humans, that communicates directly to individual bats, instead of just making broad communication sounds. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Many moth species have developed sonic defenses to help camouflage themselves from bats. One example is the male hawk moth which stridulates their genitalia mid flight to produce a sound at that effectively acts like a sonar jammer. pnas.org/content/112/20/6…
A European fungus, accidentally spread to North America in 2006, has caused Bat populations across the US and Canada to plummet by over 90%. Formerly very common bat species now face extinction, having already almost entirely disappeared over the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Bats in the US eat so many insects that they save farmers an estimated $22.9 billion every year on pesticides. nytimes.com/2011/04/05/op…
Today I learned of Project X-Ray. This cancelled World War 2 weapon, when deployed, would disperse Mexican free-tailed bats carrying small incendiary bombs. The bats would then roost onto buildings before igniting. It was intended to be used in Japan, were many buildings were made of wood and paper. youtu.be/VSWS8SyACCo?t=14…
The 2020 US quarter featuring American Samoa features a fruit bat. abcnews.go.com/US/1st-ame…
At least 167 species of bats are hunted around the world, including in US territories Samoa and Guam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Ten Cent Beer Night, a MLB promotion on June, 4, 1974, between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, at Cleveland Stadium, leading to a riot between the teams and fans. Cleveland’s manager sent his team on to the field, with bats, in order to protect the Texas team from drunken fans. mlb.nbcsports.com/2019/06…
For 20 years, J.R.R. Tolkien sent his children illustrated letters from Santa Claus where Santa would battle goblins flying on bats, and included fireworks, a prank-loving polar bear, and multiple invented languages. tolkienlibrary.com/booksb…
Bats harbor more viruses per species than other animals due to a mutation dampening their immune system cell.com/cell-host-microb…
Male bats have spiked penises, likely to produce a velco-like effect while mating in flight. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
With only three exceptions, all mammals, no matter their size, have seven neck vertebrae: bats, giraffes, whales, humans, etc. The only exceptions are the manatee and 2-toed sloth, with six vertebrae, and the 3-toed sloth, with nine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mam…
Vampire bats can consume 50% of their weight in blood making them too heavy to fly. So when feeding on liquid rich blood they begin urinating almost immediately. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vam…
In the The Dark Knight Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini MurciΓ©lago (Spanish for "Bat"). However, Lamborghinis are commonly named after fighting bulls, so Batman drives a car named after a bull named Bat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
Bees were declared as the most invaluable species on Earth at the Earthwatch debate. Five eminent scientists battled it out for fungi, bats, plankton, primates and bees theguardian.com/environme…
During WWII the US experimented with using a bomb filled with live bats that had incendiary devices attached to them in an attempt to set enemy cities on fire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Bats and dolphins evolved echolocation in the same way (down to the molΓ©cular level). An analysis revealed that 200 genes had independently changed in the same ways. This is an extreme example of convergent evolution. sciencemag.org/news/2013/…
After sap suckers drill those neat lines of holes in trees, and many other animals, such as hummingbirds, porcupines, and bats, will feed from them. allaboutbirds.org/guide/Y…
Some moth species can use echolocation jamming against bats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Male bats have spiked penises, likely to produce a velco-like effect while mating in flight. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Under current rules (MLB no longer counts sacrifice flies as at-bats), Ted Williams would have hit between .411 and .419 in 1941. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Not all carnivorous plants exist by eating animals. Some pitcher plants "eat" bat poop. They have evolved to be the perfect nests for roosting bats, even tailoring their shape to stand out to bats' sense of echolocation. sci-news.com/biology/scie…
During the Khmer Rouge regime, all aspects of Cambodian life including the cultural realm were devastated. Cambodia's National Museum, along with the rest of Phnom Penh, was evacuated and abandoned. The Museum closed and was found in disrepair, its roof rotten and home to a vast colony of bats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Today I learned of Eddie Gaedel, a dwarf and shortest player to appear in a MLB game at hight 3'7". Gaedel had one plate appearance, where he was walked in 4 straight balls and was replaced by a pinch runner. He wore the bat boy's uniform and was paid $100 for his appearance which he parlayed into $17K via TV en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
Today I learned about pitcher plant's and bat's relationship. The bat, after a night's hunting, will snug in for sleep and shelter inside the plant. The plant's waxey walls even keep the bat cool in the intense heat and in return the bat feeds it nutrients in the shape of its faeces. patriciajones.org/new-pap…
"The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" is the featured story in issue #27 of Detective Comic which introduced the popular DC Comics superhero Batman in 1939. At the end of the story, it is revealed to the reader that Wayne is in fact the Bat-Man en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Bats aren't actually blind - they can see quite well! wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013…
Honduran white bats (Ectophylla alba) or Caribbean white tent-making bats, create their own daytime sleeping quarters by using their teeth to cut the ribs of large leaves causing them to fold down to form a tent. They appear as white puffballs when they gather in groups.The bats mostly eat figs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
While most bats can only crawl when on the ground, Vampire Bats have the ability to run. youtube.com/watch?v=qWOUZ…
The worlds smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat, weighing an average of 2 grams. youtube.com/watch?v=jm841…
Today I learned of the Kantemo Caves in Mexico where snakes hang down from the cave ceiling to catch and eat bats. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of the world's first superhero character, Ōgon Bat, created in 1931 in Japan. An Atlantean with a skull-shaped head, Superman-like strength and flight sent to the future to fight evil, Ōgon Bat's exploits were told by travelling storytellers with storyboards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5…
Batman had a train in the 50s: The Bat-Train dc.fandom.com/wiki/Bat-Tr…
Researchers have determined that bats address each other as individuals and frequently get into arguments. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The US planned to use Bat Bombs in World War II. During testing, armed experimental bats escaped and set fire to the Carlsbad Army Airfield Auxiliary Air Base in New Mexico, just as they were designed to be used in war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about β€œmad honey,” a honey made by bees gathering pollen from rhododendrons. β€œTo put it mildly, just one spoonful can get you as effed up as a football bat” - inverse.com/article/33974…
Today I learned about 20% of all classified mammal species can fly, because there’s over 1,200 species of bats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat
Former Major League Baseball player MoisΓ©s Alou urinates on his hands to alleviate calluses, which he claims allows him to bat without using batting gloves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uri…
When Al Capone discovered that three of his men were conspiring against him, he invited them over for dinner. After a night of drinking, Capone beat the men with a baseball bat and then ordered his bodyguards to shoot them, a scene that was included in the 1987 film The Untouchables. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
Bats make up about 20% of all known mammal species. There are about 1200 species of bats and about 5400 different mammals worldatlas.com/articles/h…
Bats carry several deadly pathogens, including Marburg and a SARS-like coronavirus, and transmit disease via bite or exposure to saliva, feces, or urine, but are not affected by them futurity.org/egyptian-fru…
Bat flies have become highly specialised parasites. For starters, their bodies became flattened and very hard, making it almost impossible for their hosts to squash them. Special "claws" at the end of each foot and hairs on the legs make it extremely difficult to dislodge them from fur. earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wt…
The MurciΓ©lago model for Lamborghini and it's bull symbol are in honor of an arena fighting bull from Cordoba, Spain in 1879. MurciΓ©lago is spanish for "bat". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Cricket bats used to be hockey stick shaped, until they started throwing the ball at the wicket instead of rolling it along the ground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
There's a species called the Hairless Bat (from Southeast Asia). It's (almost) Exactly What It Says on the Tin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
Philadelphia outfielder Richie Ashburn once fouled off 14 pitches in a row. One foul bowl struck a woman, breaking her nose. While being carried off the field, she was struck by another foul ball hit by Richie during the same at-bat. athlonsports.com/mlb/what…
Today I learned about White-Nose Syndrome an emerging disease in North American bats which has resulted in the dramatic decrease of the bat population in the United States and Canada. youtube.com/watch?v=MQtrD…
The "Sky Beam" that shoots out of the Luxor Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas attracts so many insects that it has established a new ecosystem of moths, bats, and owls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
The actress that portrayed the Public Defender Billie Young on the sitcom Night Court was also the singer who frequently sang duets with Meat Loaf on the Bat Out of Hell album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
That, in MLB, the home team decided whether to bat first or second - until 1950! baseball-fever.com/forum/…
The Tiger Moth, Bertholdia trigona, clicks its tymbals 4500 times a second in order to disrupt the echolocation of bats. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Several species of tiger moth produce an ultrasonic click capable of 'jamming' bat sonar. Researchers noticed that bats caught clicking moths 20% of the time but once the organ that produces the clicks was removed the figure rose to nearly 100% nationalgeographic.com/sc…
In 1974 the Cleveland Indians held 10 cent beer night with the only rule being you could only buy 6 at a time. The promotion resulted in the fans rioting and both teams using bats to protect themselves from the rioting fans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Musician Jack White owns a baseball bat company, with Angels infielder Ian Kinsler latimes.com/sports/mlb/la…
Without bats there would be no tequila. It’s made from agave plant which is pollinated by bats theweathernetwork.com/new…
Vampire bats don’t actually suck blood straight from their prey. Instead, they superficially scrape the skin near an artery and then lap the blood up like a cat. Their spit acts as an anticoagulant that keeps blood flowing. pbs.org/newshour/science/…
Norman Mineta's baseball bat was confiscated when he was sent to a Japanese American internment camp as a boy. As a Congressman, he was sent a $1500 bat, which he had to send back, as it exceeded a price limit on gifts. He was quoted as saying, "The damn government's taken my bat again." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Iron Giant book ends with the Iron Giant defeating a "Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon" the size of Australia in a contest of pain endurance. The Iron Giant then commands the alien monster to bring peace to humanity by flying around the Earth singing the "music of the spheres". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Bats compete with one another for food by jamming each other's sonar signals that they use to hunt insects. sci-news.com/biology/scie…
Female vampire bats share food with others in a complex lending system, where those that share regularly get more food and those that get but don't give food are punished by the group. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Homer Simpson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for the episode 'Homer at the Bat' mlb.com/cut4/homer-simpso…
In The Shining, Stanley Kubrick intentionally isolated Shelley Duvall and argued with her often. Duvall was forced to perform the iconic and exhausting baseball bat scene 127 times. Afterwards, Duvall presented Kubrick with clumps of hair that had fallen out due to the extreme stress of filming. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Not all species of bats use echolocation. Only one of the two main types of bats, the microbats, rely on the use of echolocation to navigate their surroundings and hunt for food. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour and often consume their body weight in insects every night nature.org/ourinitiatives…
A Japanese company makes chopsticks out of broken baseball bat's. youtu.be/Wu4CyBzD8sI
Some bat species can fly as well while inebriated as while sober; even with blood alcohol levels that would exceed legal limits in humans nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of the "Parliament of Bats" in England in 1426, so-called because members were forbidden to bring swords due to the high risk of factional violence, so they brought clubs instead historyofparliamentonline…
Brown bats, with 20 hours of sleep, sleep the most of any animal. Giraffes can go for weeks without napping, needing 30 minutes to fully recharge. blog.education.nationalge…
A 10-year-old boy's life was saved from choking after his friend performed the Heimlich maneuver that he learned from The Simpsons episode "Homer at the Bat". telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Marathon runner drank urine and ate bats, snakes and lizards to survive in the desert after he got lost for 10 days. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Donny's (Bear Jew) baseball bat in the movie Inglourious Basterds, which he used to beat Nazi's to death had several Jewish names written on it by his Jewish Neighbors back home (Deleted scene). One of the name carved into the bat was Anne Frank. inglouriousbasterds.fando…
The word β€œGood” replaced an old Germanic word β€œBat” which is why the comparative forms are better and best. word-detective.com/2010/1…
A baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers in 1974 featured unlimited beer for ten cents a cup. This led to an angry, drunken mob of Indians fans attacking the Rangers with knives, chains and folding chairs, forcing both teams to fight them off with baseball bats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
In 1988, baseball player Billie Ripkin pranked Fleer in their 1989 card set with his f**kface bat. sportscardradio.com/1989-…
Oral Sex and Auto-Fellatio has been documented in fruit flies, spiders, brown bears, stump-tailed macaques, Tibetan macaques, wolves, goats, primates, hyenas, bats, cape ground squirrels and sheep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
On 25th of August 1835 The Sun, published the first article in what’s come to be called The Great Moon Hoax. It was a series of six articles alleging the discovery of life on the moon – including bat-men and bi-pedal beavers – supposedly made by famous astronomer Sir John Herschel earthsky.org/?p=246619
The town of Blowout, Texas, got its name when lightning struck a cave and ignited thousands of tons of ammonia-rich bat shit inside it tshaonline.org/handbook/o…

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