As one of the most popular comedies on television the show attracts about 18 million viewers an episode – a number that would be much more exact if Dr.Sheldon Cooper was reporting it.
The show is watched no doubt by many including many scientists despite the show’s depiction of scientists as “nerdy” and awkward at best in social situations..
The New York Times reports today that Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio said he named a species of Brazilian orchid bee Euglossa bazinga. in honor of "the clever, funny, 'nerd' character Sheldon Cooper,”
Nemesio said he named the bee after Cooper’s famous word “bazinga” popularized by the TV series, because the bee had tricked scientists for some time with its similarity to other species.
.Dr, Sheldon Cooper played by two time Emmy award winner, Jim Parsons is the biggest misfit of the show, Cooper uses the term “bazinga” frequently in a clever sort of way.
“Bazinga” essentially means “fooled you!”
The new bee species was described by Nemesio in a paper published in Zootaxa, a journal for worldwide zoological taxonomists.