English cricket great Denis Compton was renowned for his absent-mindedness. He once arrived at a match without his kitbag, so he used an antique bat from the stadium's museum; and during a major celebration in honour of his 70th birthday, his mother rang, telling him that he was only 69 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Evel Knievel, perhaps the best known daredevil, ruined his career when he attacked a man with a baseball bat due an unflattering book. The victim was knocked unconscious and needed major surgery to repair his arm.Evel only served 6 months in jail but lost all his endorsements and contracts. bizarrela.com/2016/03/eve…
Contrary to myth, bats aren't blind. Research shows that depending on the circumstances, bats sometimes prefer using eyesight to sound when hunting. In fact, many bats don't echolocate at all. These species have particularly sharp vision, and can even see ultraviolet light britannica.com/story/are-…
Not only do bats make high-pitched sounds for echolocation, many bat species also sing. A team of scientists that analyzed one species’ song translated it as a sequence that opens with a hello, then a gender identification, then some geographic information, & then a "let's talk" section. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
If you shake keys near a flying moth with ears, it will dive to the ground to avoid encountering what it thinks is a bat. This is because shaking keys emits sonar similar to that produced by bats. blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/wecdep…
Hammerhead bats exist in Africa and that they can carry the Ebola virus without getting sick themselves the-scientist.com/image-o…
Ted Williams, the last baseball player to bat .400, was at .39955 at the end of the season. Although due to rounding he would have finished with a .400 average, Williams refused to sit out, and played the last two games. He went 6 for 8 in those games and finished the season with a .406 average. baseballhall.org/discover…
Today I learned of Marcario Garcia, a Mexican national in the US Army who received the Medal of Honor in World War II. A month later a restaurant owner in Texas denied him service, beat him with a bat, and eventually filed charges against Marcario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The pineapple is indigenous to South America and has been cultivated there for centuries. In the wild, pineapples are pollinated primarily by hummingbirds but certain wild pineapples are foraged and pollinated at night by bats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat in a concert of 5,000 in Des Moines, on Jan. 20, 1982. He was rushed to the hospital afterwards for rabies shots desmoinesregister.com/sto…
There are over 1,200 species of bats, but only 3 of them consume blood animalsake.com/list-of-di…
There is a species of bat (Dayak fruit bat) in which males naturally produce milk batcon.org/article/the-in…
Bats symbolize good luck and fortune in Chinese culture. In older times, it was even seen as good luck to get a bat in the house.This is partly because the pronunciation of "bat" and "blessing" is the same in Chinese. hyperallergic.com/406164/…
With 1,000 different species around the world, bats make up nearly one-quarter of all mammal species. ucmp.berkeley.edu/mammal/…
There is only one mammal species known to have an asymmetric dental formula: the SΓ£o TomΓ© Island fruit bat has three lower incisors instead of the usual four. The β€œmissing” incisor can be on either the left or right side. researchgate.net/profile/…
Bats can breathe through their wings: wings make up 85% of a bat's surface area and can contribute up to 10% of its gas exchange. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
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…
A team of paleontologists has discovered 17 million-year-old sperm inside tiny shrimp fossils encased in bat guano on the walls of a cave in Queensland, Australia history.com/news/scientis…
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-…
Tiger Moths can beat their wings in a way that noise cancels a hunting bat's echolocation attempts to find it. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The national sport of Finland is a bat-and-ball game known as Pesapallo. Invented in 1920s, it is quite similar to baseball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pes…
Today I learned about 800 men, women and children, armed with ax handles, baseball bats, tire tools and golf clubs, stretched across a mile of the desolate prairie near Mud Lake and rounded up jackrabbits which they claim have done an estimated $5 million in crop damage. idahopress.com/news/state…
There are over 1,200 species of bats in the world, and not one of them are blind. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned that bats make up 1/5 of all mammal species en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat
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…
Draculin is an anticoagulant glycoprotein derived from the saliva of vampire bats. asknature.org/strategy/sa…
Bat Uses Pitcher Plant as Toilet; Plant Benefits. So there's this species of bats which takes a nap and a dump inside a pitcher plant, and the pitcher plant gets nutrients from the faeces. So it is a roost for poop, and everyone's happy. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Female vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) regurgitate blood from their prey to share with their fellow bats. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Bats were considered birds until the 1700s. Also whales and manatees were thought to be fish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sys…
That, during WWII, the US developed Bat-Bombs. These were casings filled with bomb carrying bats to be dropped over Japanese cities; the deploying bats would detonate and set fire to wooden buildings. It backfired when one deployed on a US airfield, the bats blowing up fuel and ammo facilities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
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
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…
Bats are one of the few animals that use a different tone of voice depending on which individual they're talking to. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
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-…
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…
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
Today I learned about "Bat-boy: The Musical", an off-broadway production based off of the infamous 1992 Weekly World News article. Keythe Farley, who co-authored the musical, is well known as the voice of Thane Krios in the Mass Effect series. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
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…
Bats have unique smells that can range from corn tortillas to burnt oranges and fungus, usually based on their species, the individual and that their health. batcon.org/article/bat-sm…
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…
The first new US Quarter of 2020 features a bat on the back usmint.gov/news/inside-th…
There is an International Bat Appreciation Day, which is marked every year on Apr 17th. nationaldaycalendar.com/d…
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…
Today I learned about Japan's first Super Hero: Golden Bat. A character predating Superman, that is still referenced in today's shows like Steven Universe, and has left an indelible mark on Super Hero culture since his inception youtu.be/6ExePeYkGwA
New American quarters will have bats. coinweek.com/modern-coins…
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…
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 WWII the US was going to use Bat Bombs on Japan to burn down houses and forests. 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…
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

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