Weekly Puzzler #135: Bats and Rum?

Happy Saturday! Is fall in full swing yet where you live? Are you getting a chance to get out and enjoy it?

As you know Halloween is just around the corner so I thought I would do a puzzler featuring one of the “Creatures of Halloween”–a bat, and probably THE most famous of all the holiday’s creatures. Have you ever bought Bacardi Rum or seen the bottle on the shelf in a bar? Ever noticed the logo on the bottle? It is an attractive bat. This week’s puzzler is: Why does Bacardi feature a bat as part of their logo?

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If you want to guess use the comment box below for your chance to be entered in the quarterly drawing. All correct answers will automatically be eligible to win the next prize, given on the first day of winter. Good luck… and really, you have nothing to lose for trying!

Have a great weekend!

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8 Comments

  1. Nanci Fletcher October 29, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    Don’t know the answer but happy to have recently read scientist have a new drug to help stop white nose disease in bats!

    • Sharon Mammoser October 30, 2016 at 4:09 am #

      Yes, white-nose syndrome has been devastating for many of our bats. It is so sad to see. Hopefully the bats can recover and build an immunity to the disease the way they have in Europe and China. We need our bats!

  2. Judy Davis October 29, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    When Bacardi started to brew rum, in 1862 Bacardi purchased a tin roofed factory building in which he planned to start a distillery. In the roof of the building lived a family of fruit bats, considered to be a good luck omen in Cuban mythology. To this day, the official logo of the Bacardi Company bears the likeness of a fruit bat in flight.

    • Sharon Mammoser October 30, 2016 at 4:11 am #

      Hi Judy, thanks for reading and for commenting! You are correct! Bacardi has an interesting story and surely one of the most widely recognizable logos.

  3. Helen Kloock October 29, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    When the Bacardi founders were looking for a building for a distillery they found a nest of fruit bats on the roof. They believed it was a good omen so decided that would be a suitable logo. Also as many were illiterate in that time, they thought the bat logo would help customers identify their rum.

    • Sharon Mammoser October 30, 2016 at 4:13 am #

      Helen, thanks for reading! And yes, you are right on about the logo of Bacardi. I think it is a great story and will look forward to sharing it with my readers on Saturday when I answer the puzzler in full.

  4. Hon October 29, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    The agave plant is pollinated by bats to make tequila and because rum is made in the same areas of the Southern Hemisphere the Bacardis wanted to honor this remarkable relationship.

    • Sharon Mammoser November 1, 2016 at 4:02 am #

      Thanks for reading my blog posts!

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