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Nerds Name Plant After Lady Gaga


So, a team of biologists at Duke University have classified a genus of fern in honor of pop star Lady Gaga.

The biologists made the decision initially based off its DNA sequence — guanine, adenine, guanine, adenine. No mystery there.

But as they looked deeper into the genus, they realized that amongst the nineteen different species that they took on some of the characteristics reminiscent of Gaga.

Kathy Pryer, a professor of biology at Duke, had this to say:

We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression. And as we started to consider it, the ferns themselves gave us more reasons why it was a good choice.

For example, one fern looks like this in comparison to one of Gaga’s costumes.

It should also be noted that ferns have a bisexual reproductive stage. Lady Gaga is a huge proponent for LGBT rights.

Pryer went on to say that they thought Gaga’s “second album, Born this Way, is enormously empowering, especially for disenfranchised people and communities like LGBT, ethnic groups, women — and scientists who study odd ferns!”

I don’t really have much to make fun of here, so I’m going to think up other species of stuff that can be named after celebrities. Here I go.

  • Jay-Zebra.

Actually, I was going to think up a bunch more, but I think we’re done here, right? I’m going home, this day doesn’t get any better.

Question: Can you top Jay-Zebra? I dare you. I double-dog dare you.