One detail I didn’t include in my
confession that I am a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory consideration of the emotional evolution of Sheldon Cooper: Cooper, a fake scientist, has been celebrated by actual scientists. In 2012, the Brazilian biologists André Nemésio of the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia and Rafael Ferrari of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais identified a new species of euglossine bee. In honor of Sheldon's favorite catchphrase, they named the creature Euglossa bazinga.
They chose the name, the scientists explained, because “Bazinga” is the word the otherwise deadpan-happy Sheldon uses to clue others in to the fact that he’s joking about something. Since Euglossa bazinga had previously been misidentified as Euglossa ignite, a similar bee species, the biologists wanted a name, they explained, that would suggest that animal’s unconscious trickery. Hence: Bazinga.
But Euglossa bazinga is certainly not the only animal to take its name from pop culture.