How do I explain this is a bad idea? You say something accurate and honest, but necessarily infantilizing. He lived a long time ago, when America was fighting a war against Japan. Japan had attacked a military base in Hawaii, and—the day that happened—Adams was on vacation at Carlsbad Caverns. Adams was very impressed with the bats, and he came up with an idea: a swarm of weaponized bats, with miniature incendiary bombs strapped to their bodies—bats that would be dropped over Japanese cities to streak through the air, scatter far and wide, and then explode, sparking thousands of little fires all over the place, burning down buildings and frightening everyone. They devised ways to release armed battalions from a B— bats at a time—in a sealed container specially made at a factory reportedly owned by Bing Crosby. It was a kind of metabomb that would—once it reached a survivable altitude for bats—deploy a parachute and spring open, releasing the bats and somehow also pulling the pins on their time-delayed, exploding payloads.