Scientists have been poking around a lot in the Brazilian Amazon for a month-long expedition, and it was very likely that they would discover something of interest. Whether it be a new species of animal, some new plant, a new hallucinogenic plant, a new flesh eating bacteria, or the old god Cthulhu, something was bound to turn up. Now, finally, that something has turned up, and it’s a new species of frog! Not very exciting outside of the science world, and especially not too exciting to music fans, so what’s the deal?
Here's a non-edited pic of the frog:
Courtesy of National Geographic
Well, apparently, they named the frog after the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne. Dubbed the “bat frog” because of it’s high pitched, bat-like call, the team brought it back and the naming process began. According to National Geographic, Pedro Peloso, one of the frog’s discoverers, said
"we kept talking about the 'bat frog,' which led to us talking about being fans of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath,"
Obviously referencing Ozzy’s famous bat-biting incident, but they reached a conclusion, and they have finally decided to name the thing Dendropsophus ozzyi. Although the reference is subtle, it’s made more obvious when you know the intention behind the scientists naming of it.
This isn’t the first time that this has happened, either. Back in 2012, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine got a cool tarantula named Aphonopelma davemustainei, King Diamond got an ancient marine worm named Nignites Diamondi, and in 2006 Lemmy Kilmeister got a different ancient sea worm named Kalloprion Kilmisteri. Scientists love to joke around with this stuff, apparently, so it’s just a question of what will be discovered next, and who will they name it after? When will a heavy metal artist get a new element named after them?? These are the real questions.