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The Big Bang Theory’s Dr. Sheldon Cooper has become one of the most popular characters on TV and now he is the new inspiration for the name of a recently discovered bee.
According to The Smithsonian, Andre Nemesio of the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia in Brazil, recently named a newly discovered bee Euglossa bazinga after the “Bazinga!” catchphrase Sheldon often uses.
In his paper about the bee, Nemesio and his team found that “bazinga,” which Sheldon uses after tricking someone, is the perfect way to describe what is also called the orchid bee. “Euglossa bazinga sp. n.has tricked us for some time due to its similarity to E. ignita, what led us to use ‘bazinga,’” he wrote.
Sheldon already has an asteroid named after him (246247 Sheldon Cooper). Big Bang executive producer Steven Molaro was excited to hear the news from Brazil, notes Entertainment Weekly.
“We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show,” Molaro said. “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.”
Cooper is played by Jim Parsons, who has won a Golden Globe and two Emmys for his role on the hit CBS show. A new episode airs tonight.