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Among recent items of interest slipping through the gaping pores of the newsroom spam filter and into my email inbox was a pitch to create a national holiday honoring the life of a legendary West Virginia-born cult figure: Bat Boy.

Not surprisingly, the pitch came from the Weekly World News, the over-the-top tabloid that announced the discovery and capture of a half-human, half-bat child in Pendleton County’s Hellhole Cavern 30 years ago.

Rick Steelhammer is a features reporter. He can be reached at 304-348-5169 or rsteelhammer@hdmediallc.com. Follow @rsteelhammer on Twitter.

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