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In January 1965, American singer Shirley Ellis reached #3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with a tongue-twisting novelty song, The Name Game. Remarkably popular, the Name Game continues to pop up in various guises on a range of television programmes, including American Horror Story (season 2, episode 10) and The Big Bang Theory […]more
Sir David Attenborough has done it again. The acclaimed naturalist, activist, and filmmaker has inspired scientists to name yet another discovery after him. This time, it’s not a rainforest flower (Sirdavidia), a prehistoric plesiosaur (Attenborosaurus conybeari), or goblin spider (Prethopalpus attenboroughi). It’s Cascolus ravitis, a tiny, 430-million-year-old ancestor to crustaceans, whose fossil was discovered by […]more
Let’s have a look at authors whose creations were influential outside of their literary traditions – specifically, at the names they have coined or popularized. You knew that Shakespeare has had, you know, a fairly large impact on the English language, but you might be surprised to learn that he’s made a surprising contribution to […]more