Can You Spot the Sleeping Bat Hiding Among the Tools?

A hidden image of a bat among some tools
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In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of bats, UK-based roofing materials supplier Burton Roofing Merchants Limited created a fun brainteaser for homeowners. Look closely enough at the image above and you'll see a gray bat hiding among a clutter of paintbrushes, buckets, gloves, screwdrivers, ladders, and other household tools. On average, it has taken people about 15 seconds to spot the winged mammal—so why not see how your powers of observation stack up.

“Bats often go unnoticed when they roost in lofts, basements, garages, and external parts of buildings, but occasionally they accidentally stray into the living spaces of homes and workplaces,” Joe Nunez-Mino, director of communications and fundraising at the UK's Bat Conservation Trust, told the Daily Mail. “Sometimes in the summer, young bats, which are inexperienced flyers, will become exhausted before finding their way out. They may try to land on a wall or curtains, or they may crash-land on furniture or the floor. If you do happen to find a bat has landed inside or around your property, then it is probably in need of some help.”

Tips for helping an injured bat include placing it in a box and giving it water. The Bat Conservation Trust also warns that you should not attempt to catch the bat as it's flying, because you could injure the animal.

In the UK, bats and their roosts are protected by law, so construction work must come to a halt if workers spot a bat. These mammals might seem like a nuisance, but they do a lot of good, too. Some bats pollinate flowers, others eat mosquitoes, and the coolest of them are able to fly straight when drunk.

So ... did you find the bat in the image? Scroll below to see where it's hiding.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The solution to the bat hidden image illustration
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World’s Largest Ouija Board Unveiled in Salem, Massachusetts

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homeworks255/iStock via Getty Images

If a young Rick “Ormortis” Schreck ever asked a Ouija board if he’d end up making the world’s largest Ouija board, the answer should’ve been yes.

“OuijaZilla,” as it’s affectionately called, weighs 9000 pounds and covers 3168 square feet—as big a footprint as five 18-wheelers. According to Popular Mechanics, the board took 99 pieces of plywood, 20 quarts of black paint, several gallons of deck stain, and one whole year to complete.

It contains all the classic elements of a traditional Ouija board, including the full alphabet, numbers zero through nine, and the words yes, no, and goodbye. Instead of using their fingers to move the planchette across the board, a few people stand inside the 400-pound planchette’s circular cutout and shuffle their way into a seance.

Schreck, a tattoo artist and vice president of the Talking Board Historical Society (TBHS), originally built the giant Ouija board in New Jersey and then transported it to Salem, Massachusetts, where it was reassembled and unveiled to the public on October 12.

The town, notorious for its witch hunts in the late 17th century, seems an especially eerie resting place for yet another spooky piece of America’s history. But it’s actually where Ouija boards were manufactured for years, after Salem-based toy company Parker Brothers bought the rights to the game in 1966. It’s also the town that inspired Schreck’s initial interest in Ouija boards in 1992.

According to the TBHS website, the Brobdingnagian board is nearly 2.5 times larger than the current Guinness World Record holder, and Ripley's Believe It or Not! has bestowed the title of "world's largest Ouija board" on Schreck's creation. It’s also “fully operational,” which hopefully means that you can use it to commune with extra-large dead people.

[h/t Popular Mechanics]

Wizarding World Gold, a Magical New Harry Potter Subscription Service, Has Arrived

The Potter Collector, YouTube
The Potter Collector, YouTube

For Potterheads, Christmas just came early. There’s a new Harry Potter subscription service on the market, and it’ll make you feel like you plunged face-first into one of the magical books—not unlike Harry’s frequent forays into the Pensieve.

Engadget reports that Wizarding World Gold is a 12-month commitment, and includes access to all seven Harry Potter ebooks through the Wizarding World app, collectible pin badges, merchandise discounts, and more.

That’s really just the tip of the iceberg-sized rock cake. After signing up, you’ll receive a pin, a print of J.K. Rowling’s sketch of Hogwarts, and a personalized journal called Keys and Curios, designed by the graphic design team behind the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film franchises. It features your name, Hogwarts house, and “enchanted keys” that “unlock hidden secrets” when scanned with the Wizarding World app.

You can also watch Wizarding World Originals, an exclusive video series that delves into the mysteries of the world of Harry Potter; gain early access to collectible merchandise and priority bookings for events like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and enjoy magical quizzes and puzzles. You’ll also make the guest list for festivities like the Wizarding World Gold Christmas Party in the Great Hall at Warner Bros.’s Studio Tour London.

If you register now, your welcome gift with the pin, print, and journal will arrive in about two weeks, and your first official subscription box will follow later this autumn. It’s $75 for the entire year, which is quite a bit cheaper than flying off to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

If you have any funds left in your Gringotts vault, you can supplement your fantasy-filled subscription with a Harry Potter pop-up book, sock Advent calendar, bathrobe, or even Pandora jewelry.

[h/t Engadget]

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