Remember Lady Gaga’s outfit from her 2010 Grammy performance? Well, that heart-shaped glittery green frock inspired a graduate student from Duke University to name a newly-discovered genus of ferns after the “Bad Romance” singer. These 19 species are found in Central and South America, Mexico, Arizona and Texas. Names for each species will be all things Gaga. For instance, one will be called Gaga germanotta, inspired by the singer’s last name. Another will pay homage to her fans, “little montsers”. That one will be called Gaga monstraparva.
At one stage of its life, the new genus Gaga has somewhat fluid definitions of gender and bears a striking resemblance to one of Gaga’s famous costumes. Members of the new genus also bear a distinct DNA sequence spelling GAGA. – Duke University
Believe it or not, Lady Gaga isn’t the first celebrity to inspire names in the scientific field. President Barack Obama has a California lichen named after him and Helen Mirren has a meat-eating jungle plant having the same namesake. In January, an Australian horse fly described by its discoverer as “bootylicious” was named for singer Beyonce. Fierce. For all you botany nerds, check out the full report at http://today.duke.edu/. If you’re not that hardcore, watch a short video explaining Duke University’s findings below. It’s short and sweet and to the point.