Uncle Sam Tried to End World War II With Bat Bombs

A Pteropus Edwardsii or flying fox/fruit bat, circa 1870. An engraving by Fournier after a painting by Oudart, from the 'Dictionnaire universel d'histoire naturelle'. Photo by Hulton Archive / Getty Images

It sounds like something straight out of the cave beneath Bruce Wayne's Manor, but thanks to the passion of a part-time inventor named Lytle Adams, the United States military really did spend millions attempting to arm bats with incendiary devices and launch them -- real-life bat bombs -- across Japanese cities. Here's the weird thing: It could have actually worked.