The coolest thing about scholarship is that it never ends.
Every day, people around a universe arise adult and go to work anticipating novel things about a world. We’re still anticipating new species! That’s cool! Even cooler (or some-more ridiculous), however, is a fact that some of these creatures are named after famous people who had positively zero to do with their discovery.
The Boston Globe’s Carolyn Y. Johnson (h/t CBS Sports’ Chris Peters) reports that Robert S. Copeland, an entomologist in Nairobi, Kenya, with New England roots, is regulating Rask’s namesake to tag a wasp recently detected in a nation’s Teita Hills.
Copeland has christened a class Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski, essay in a to-be-published paper that a name is an paper to a Bruins goalie.
“This class is named after a acrobatic goaltender for a Finnish National ice hockey group and a Boston Bruins, whose gloves palm is as devoted as a raptorial front tarsus of this dryinid species,” Copeland wrote.
It should be remarkable that there’s some-more to a routine than wild Boston fanship nakedly moving tellurian entomology. Johnson reports that a speed that led to scientists anticipating a wasp was saved by a supervision of Finland—Rask’s local country.
Furthermore, a wasp is black and…kind of yellow? Also, it is a terrifying nightmare:
— HockeyNightInCanada (@hockeynight) February 24, 2015
If that design doesn’t do it for you, here’s Johnson’s write-up of a tuukkaraski life-cycle:
“T. tuukkaraski is an ‘ectoparasitoid,’ a form of wasp that feeds off other insects,” Johnson writes. “The womanlike lays eggs on a larvae of a horde bug species. When those eggs hatch, a wasp larvae cuts into a horde and feeds off of it.”
This is science-speak for, “The wasp births baby monsters that feed on other babies.”
Rask seems tickled to be named after such a creature. He told Johnson that he’s elegant of a honor.
“That’s funny. That’s graceful neat,” Rask said. “We’re a B’s…it’s flattering, we guess.”
“Flattering” is one word for it. After all, Rask is now immortal. Long after he sloughs off this mortal husk, colonies of tuukkaraski wasps and their brood will continue to live, zipping around a sky and feasting on a rudimentary baby-nectar of other insects.
At slightest no one will ever contend he was named after a walking creature.
Dan is on Twitter, praying for a baby insects.