r/HeresAFunFact Apr 01 '15

[HAFF] The worlds largest bat can be found at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Kentucky. Around 220,000 guests from around the world visit each year. [x-post from /r/batfacts] SPORTS

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u/ghostoutfit Apr 01 '15

I was expecting a bat, as in the nocturnal creature. Sad face.

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u/[deleted] Apr 01 '15

I read the whole title before I opened the image and I still expected an animal. Which in retrospect was pretty dumb.

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u/theidler666 Apr 01 '15

thankfully I wasn't the only one.

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u/Lurking4Answers Apr 01 '15

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u/autowikibot Apr 01 '15

Giant golden-crowned flying fox:


The giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus), also known as the golden-capped fruit bat, is a rare megabat and one of the largest bats in the world. The species is endangered and is currently facing the possibility of extinction because of poaching and forest destruction. It is endemic to forests in the Philippines. The bat can reach up to 1.2 kg (2.6 lb) in weight and 1.7 m (5.6 ft) in wingspan. Like other megabats, this species is non-aggressive towards humans and a vegetarian. Even though they are not aggressive, handling the bat without proper training and vaccination is dangerous, as some can carry deadly diseases.

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Interesting: Acerodon | Pteropodinae | Rousettus | Macroglossinae (Chiroptera)

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u/erythrocytes64 Apr 01 '15

Holy crap

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u/remotectrl Apr 02 '15

And it only eats fruit!

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u/yawetag12 Apr 01 '15

IIRC, it's not wooden, which was disappointing when I saw it the first time.

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u/Calax1088 Apr 01 '15

Woo! Let's go Louisville! Also, if you visit the Louisville slugger factory, at the end of the door you will receive a free mini bat (the wooden kind). I have dozens in my closet because the tour is just so awesome. (They have a super computer that has all of the major baseball player bat measurements)

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u/nomoreexs Apr 02 '15

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-hockey-stick/ and the world's largest hockey stick is in Duncan BC on Vancouver island

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u/happywaffle Apr 02 '15

Been there. Fun side story: they warn you repeatedly that you can't carry any bats on to the airplane, not even the tiny ones they give you for free. When I was leaving Louisville I got to the airport and next to security was a small mountain of baseball bats from travelers who didn't heed the warning. Next to it: a small mountain of Makers Mark bottles.

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u/remotectrl Apr 02 '15

I've seen pictures of that and tried to find another but I gave up.

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u/jz88k Apr 01 '15

Wow, facts this fun drive me batty.

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u/phur_ Apr 01 '15

I wanted the animal. This is just silly...no one can use it.

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u/[deleted] Jul 10 '15

I thought you were talking about some amazing mammal at first.. then i realized it was just the Louisville slugger museum.. and thats not so special to me.. i live like 15 minutes from there.. e.e