We know CBS’ comedy, The Big Bang theory is popular, but we didn’t realize its scope until now. The hit show has inspired the scientific name for a new bee species in Brazil.
The show’s oft-used catchphrase, “Bazinga” is one of Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s favorite to throw out when he tricks somebody. Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, who discovered the new species and named it “Euglossa bazinga,” says the moniker was chosen to match its owner’s tricky character.
He explained that due to its similarity to the common western Brazilian orchard bee, the Euglossa bazinga caused scientists to believe that both species were the same. In a paper, Nemesio wrote the bee “has tricked us for some time [and this is] what led us to use bazinga.”
As for the show’s reaction, executive producer Steven Molaro said in a statement “We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show. Sheldon would be honored to know that Euglossa bazinga was inspired by him. In fact, after Mothra and griffins, bees are his third-favorite flying creatures.”
By the way, if you’re wondering why this story sounds familiar, perhaps you’re thinking of our previous post on Lady Gaga as the namesake for a killer wasp. Now when is someone gonna name a fly after us?