Here’s how you know a show is a big hit in the science world.
Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s (Jim Parsons) “bazinga!” catchphrase from CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” is now the name of a new species of bee.
Officially named Euglossa bazinga, this type of orchid bee was discovered in Brazil by biologist Andre Nemesio from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia.
“The idea was to honor actor Jim Parsons and his brilliant interpretation of Sheldon Cooper,” Nemésio said. “The show exaggerates a little bit, but in a sarcastic way, it shows how things do happen in the academic world.”
Steven Molaro, the show’s executive producer, said that it’s the kind of thing that if the characters were real, they would definitely take notice.
“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,” Molaro said. “In fact, after ‘Mothra’ and griffins, bees are his third-favorite flying creatures.”
Also in the news, the final Nielsen returns for Thursday night have The Big Bang Theory living up to its name breaking two records last week with its first episode of 2013.
“The Big Bang Theory” opened the new year with an 11.4 rating/16 share last week, according to Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co. That was a series high for the show, and beat it’s previous new episode on Dec. 13 by 12 percent.
The series is by far the top comedy on network television, surpassing long-time champion “Two and a Half Men” late last year, and is currently second in the overall ratings behind only “NCIS,” according to figures compiled by Inside Blip.
Through the end of December, “Big Bang” is averaging a 9.8/16, up nearly 12 percent from its numbers the year before.
“The Big Bang Theory” currently airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.