Have you ever played the excellent conversation starter, “If you could have anything named after you, what would you want and why?” The possibilities are endless. Sometimes I think I would like a majestic bridge named after me or a towering monument, but I can’t argue with people who go with a new discovered species of flora/fauna. Some people even like the idea of having something so stupid and repulsive named after them.
I hope Sir David Attenborough, a British naturalist, will be happy after a group of botonists named a newly discovered varietal of pitcher plant after him.
Nepenthes attenboroughii, discovered on a remote mountain in the Philippines, is so big that small rodents can be trapped inside and slowly dissolved by flesh-eating enzymes.
“You have to have names for things and and you run out after a bit,” Attenborough told the Times Online. “It’s just a compliment, but it’s very nice to receive compliments.”
It’s probably because this is not the first species named after him. Among the honors he has received have been a spiny anteater in New Guinea, a rare tree in Ecuador and a marine reptile, the Attenborosaurus, that lived during the Jurassic period.
I would gladly settle for a man-hole cover. Er, um, maybe like a highway.