Can You Spot the Sleeping Bat Hiding Among the Tools?

A hidden image of a bat among some tools
Burton Roofing

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
Burton Roofing

This Might Be the World's Hardest Jigsaw Puzzle

Amazon/Beverly
Amazon/Beverly

For advanced jigsaw puzzle players, the standard 1000-piece board is child's play. But imagine if none of those pieces had a cute cat or weeping willow on the front to guide you.

The “Black Hell” puzzle ($26)—or “White Hell” ($30), depending on your color preference—by Japanese manufacturer Beverly features a single solid color on its front. Adding an extra layer of frustration, the company claims its micro-sized puzzle pieces are the “world’s smallest,” suitable only for the nimblest of fingers.

One reviewer said it took him 17 months to complete half the puzzle. Another commented, “This puzzle is the devil reincarnated into an inanimate object!”

Although the front of the puzzle is blank, different patterns are imprinted on its back to help users connect the dots. This apparently disappointed one especially masochistic puzzle enthusiast, who wrote that it was “less impossible than I had hoped.”

The recommended age for this puzzle is 7 years and up, but it’s safe to say that this devilishly hard task is best left to professionals.

While the Black Hell is certainly in the running for the most challenging jigsaw puzzle, it doesn’t top the chart for ones with the most pieces. Amazon sells a 40,000-piece puzzle featuring Disney characters, and there's a massive one from Kodak at more than 51,000 pieces, but it's usually sold out. If you want to just start at 1000 pieces, you can see a larger collection here.

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What Can Your First Name Predict About Your Future? Let This Fun New Online Tool Tell You

Actress Emma Watson.
Actress Emma Watson.
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Having a common first name can be a curse, or—if you share yours with some of society's most famous and accomplished figures—a confidence booster. If you're tired of using horoscopes to predict your future, a new online tool from DIRECTV will show you what glamorous occupation your first name is associated with.

Depending on how much stock you put in name meanings, yours can determine your chances of becoming a musician, author, actor, athlete, or politician. Emmas are destined for the screen, with nine out of every 10,000 actors bearing the name, according to the site. Johns dominate the literary world, with the name accounting for 317 of every 10,000 authors. And in the sports scene, five out of every 10,000 athletes are named Meghan.

You can see which category your name is most likely to appear in by plugging it into DIRECTV'S tool and clicking submit. The average Joe may not have much in common with Joe DiMaggio, but imagining what your future might hold is a fun way to pass the time nonetheless. After looking into your first name, check out the meanings behind these common last names.

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