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Scientist! Hold That Bat!

scientist holds bat

We discovered that bats use echolocation (sonar) in 1940.

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  1. crushinator | October 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    You forgot the bat that can fly through walls, Myotis lucifugus. I learned all about that at the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

    For instance, there’s another exhibit at the Jurassic which relates in great detail a set of obscure accounts of a bat which can supposedly pass clean through solid objects. In 1952, according to the exhibit, the renowned chiropterist, Donald R. Griffith of Rockefeller University, stumbled across these accounts and headed down to the jungles of northern South America on a Noris Foundation grant. He and his team transported huge walls of lead into the forest, hoping to snare one of these creatures, and waited. Months and months passed, and he almost gave up.

    Exhibit Tape: “Finally, however, in the early morning of August 18th at 4: 13 a.m., Griffith’s instruments recorded the event that the team had been awaiting. The number three wall had received an impact of the magnitude of ten to the third ergs, twelve feet above the forest floor. Precisely at the spot indicated by the seismometer, Griffith’s x-ray viewer found, at a depth of seven and one eighth inches, the first Myotis lucifugus ever contained by man, eternally frozen in a mass of solid lead. This exhibit is made possible by the men and women of the Sin Wing Corporation.”

  2. Squidocto | October 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Ah, yes, the MJT. Excellence.

    (Kinda interesting, though: when I first saw their website, all those years ago, it was kinda cutting edge… not so much any more….)

  3. crushinator | October 26, 2011 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    you’ve gotta go next time you’re in LA. It’s like a giant hoax, it’s really fun.

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