BATTY OLD WIVES TALES
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
While most people know that bats
are not actually vampires in another form, there are still a few old wives’
tales floating around about bats that are just simply not true. The two most
commonly known old wives tales surrounding bats are that they are blind, and
that they will get tangled up in your hair.
Where the idea came from that bats are blind is
unknown. But it may very well be that someone just thought “blind as a bat”
sounded good and flowed smoothly. Or it may be the fact that some clever person
picked up on the fact that bats use echolocation to find one another.
Echolocation is the process of speaking (or in a bat’s case, crying) so that the
sound may echo off its surroundings and reach another location. When bats
interact this way, they can communicate with each other, even when they’re
across a great distance.
But while this echolocation is handy for bats, it
certainly doesn’t mean that they’re blind in any way. In fact, bats are known to
have very good eyesight, and they use that in combination with their
Another very common old wives’ tale regarding bats
is the theory that they will become tangled in a person’s hair. This is usually
in places where bats are quite common and can be seen quite often. This thought
comes from the fact that bats do tend to stay in high places, so they can sleep
and watch down over their prey. However as people walk, they stir up many of the
insects and other creatures in the air and the environment. This makes all of
these critters readily available for bats that happen to be hanging nearby and
they may swoop down to collect their dinner. However, bats are not interested in
the humans that stirred up their food for them, and they certainly have no
interest in their hair!