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Idle: New Species Named For SpongeBob SquarePants 74

An anonymous reader writes "Sing it with us: What lives in the rainforest, under a tree? Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of mushroom almost as strange as its cartoon namesake. Scientists from the San Francisco State University have discovered a new species of mushroom in Borneo with sponge-like properties. Its strange behavior convinced them to name it after the famous Bob. There is no word on whether or not their chances of getting future grant money will be improved by this choice." Did you know (prior to clicking on the Wikipedia link above) that SpongeBob was created by a marine biologist?
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Idle: New Species Named For SpongeBob SquarePants

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  • Come on, at least roughly translate it into Latin first.

  • Thanks for implying the usual "they are only doing it for the grants"-meme in the summary, timothy. It's been soo popular with the science-haters around here lately, I can see why you would want to retain that group of customers.
  • Even when I escape to the real world (the one that exists for a few hours when the children sleep and vulgar language is allowed), I can't escape mention of that little bastard whose only resemblance to a square is the fact that his faces (not the space where his annoying face-parts are, but rather the surface faces of the prism of his being) are quadrilaterals (rectangles, in fact).

    What. The. Fuck.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by mwvdlee ( 775178 )

      What you call the "real" world is what I call the "stuck-up" world. In my "real" world, children do exist, vulgar language is allowed but people generally don't feel the need to use it all the time and spongebob is enjoyed by many even though he isn't quite as square as his last name would seem to (but actually doesn't) imply.
      Lighten up.

    • I think they probably mean "square" in the construction sense - that is, two things (such as Spongebob's edges) are considered square when they are orthogonal.

      • I think they mean square metaphorically. As in, he's generally the responsible one in his chowda of friends.

    • by geekoid ( 135745 )

      And yet you post here.

      Talk about your passive aggressive attention seeker.

      Personally I like Spongbob, and it has sparked some great conversations with my children.
      Also, his name does not denote his shape. His name is not SquareSponge.

  • No! My name is Patrick! I am not a Krusty Krab...
  • Linnaeus must be spinning in his grave just fast enough to clear the shark.

  • We can start naming everything we discover after pop culture! EVERYTHING! We can even rename existing things after it.
    Years in the future science symposiums will sound like a conversation between 7-year-old kids in the schoolyard.
    I see absolutely nothing wrong with this picture.

    • by glwtta ( 532858 )
      Good god man, get a grip.

      There are two million discovered species, of which a couple of dozen are named after some cutesy pop culture thing - it's just not that big a deal.
    • by JustOK ( 667959 )

      yet you use the term "pop culture" like it's a term passed down from the ancients.

    • by lxs ( 131946 )

      Please continue. I'll be staying in my secret moon base in the Hendrix crater [] until this discussion has blown over.

  • Damn, biologists get all the cool names. Dear physicists at the LHC, when you find a new particle please consider naming it "Pikachu boson", a.k.a. "Pikachon". Don't let biologists win this one.

  • It gets weirder (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 17, 2011 @04:38AM (#36472152)

    Yes I did know. I didn't even need to follow the wiki link. Not only is he a marine biologist, I believe he has a doctorate.

    Also, if you pay attention to the show, Patrick the starfish comes back from a lump of starfish (regeneration). Mr. Krabs collects things (like real crabs! :O)

    And the best of it all? They live in Bikini Bottom. Now where have you heard that before (besides the obvious outfit pun)?
    Why Bikin Atoll of course! Where everyone and their grandma blewup nuclear warheads under the water. Now look at the houses in town.
    Notice how they look an awful lot like missles? Everyone is talking and alive? It all starts to make a kind of sense now, doesn't it?

    Also, Goo Lagoon. For those of you who are familiar with the show may not have been aware of this.


    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Oh, that's only half of it. Starfish (like Patrick) don't have brains. Explains a lot. Squidward, the "intellectual", is a squid, which are some of the smartest invertebrates. I liked when evil villain Plankton showed some of his relatives in the "plankton family", and they were fairly accurate depictions of several real plankton groups. In one episode Spongebob and Patrick went back in time and there were trilobites crawling around on the sea floor.

      It's a geekier show than it looks at first glance.

  • and smells "vaguely fruity

    Yeah, we already had our suspicions!

  • Did you know (prior to clicking on the Wikipedia link above) that SpongeBob was created by a marine biologist?

    Did you know Ween wrote the title track to the Spongebob Squarepants movie?

    • I suppose Ween will do anything as long as you can label it "Far out, man"...
    • I learned the history of Spongebob Squarepants a couple of days ago. If I remember it correctly, Stephen Hillenberg was a marine biologist who also had a part time job working in an animation studio, and his boss was Joe Murray. He worked in Murray's animation studio during the period of the early 1990s when Murray's main project was Rocko's Modern Life. When Murray stopped doing animation after 1995 due to some serious marital issues (his wife eventually killed herself and he went on a 10 year hiatus from
  • Does it live in a pineapple under the sea?
  • Wow, I had no idea that the Marines even had biologists. Whatever for?

  • I think this is cool.. much like the "space object"* named after Frank Zappa.

    * Can't remember whether is was an asteroid, meteor, etc. and know I'd be utter flamebait for getting it wrong in /. company ;)
  • I know Nickelodeon is trying to educate kids with their programming but this little bit of trivia is not going to impress kids one iota. Just try to use the species name in an episode of this show and watch its ratings go down the toilet.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun