Wednesday, May 11, 2005

President Bush calls to say thanks for the slime-mold beetle

"President George Bush wasn't bugged by having a slime-mold beetle named for him. In fact, he was so pleased that he telephoned former Cornell University Professor Quentin Wheeler to thank him.

Wheeler and co-author Kelly B. Miller, Cornell Ph.D. and currently a postdoctoral fellow at Brigham Young University, published an article in Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, announcing names for 65 species of slime-mold beetles that are new to science. The entomologists also named slime-mold beetles in honor of Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The recently named beetles are Agathidium bushi Miller and Wheeler, A. cheneyi Miller and Wheeler and A. rumsfeldi Miller and Wheeler."

Link to Article

I'm not sure, is it a compliment to have a slime mold beetle named after you?


At 10:57 AM, Blogger Tyler said...

More importantly - what was the entomologists' intent - an insult or an honor?

At 12:26 PM, Blogger j.m. said...

It's my dream to be immortalized in slime...


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