A bee species has been named bazinga in honor of the favorite catchphrase of the main character on The Big Bang Theory.
On the show, physicist Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons, uses the phrase as a punctuation. A Brazilian biologist, Andre Nemesio, named a bee species bazinga in honor of Cooper, who he called a “clever, funny nerd.”
Nemesio published his findings of the new bee species last month in Zootaxa, a journal for zooligical taxonomists. He said he named the species bazinga (Euglossa bazinga, to be exactg) after it tricked scientists with its similarity to other species, CNET reported.
The paper stated:
“The specific epithet honors the clever, funny, captivating ‘nerd’ character Sheldon Cooper…Sheldon Cooper’s favorite comic word “bazinga”, used by him when tricking somebody, was here chosen to represent the character. Euglossa bazinga sp. n. has tricked us for some time due to its similarity to E. ignita, what led us to use ‘bazinga.’ “
The makers of The Big Bang Theory were flattered that the species was named bazinga, CBS News noted, saying that those behind the hit CBS comedy 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-favourite flying creatures,” executive producer Steve Molaro said.
The species named bazinga is not the first time the The Big Bang Theory has crossed over into the real-life scienfitic world. Noted scientists including Stephen Hawking, Nobel laureate George Smoot of the University of California, Berkeley, and the NPR Science Friday host Ira Flatow, have made appearances on the show.