People tend to think of scientists as extremely serious individuals who never crack a smile unless it’s to study grinning. But as the following species names show, they can also be snickering five-year-olds with grant money.
Jesus Christ Lizard
The Jesus Christ Lizard was clearly named for its ability walk on water, just like the Moses Lizard is known for parting water, the Buddha Lizard is known for living a life without want, and the Scientology Lizard is currently being blackmailed into not leaving.
Pink Fairy Armadillo
Resembling an order of tuna sushi with a name crowd-sourced by six-year-old girls, the Pink Fairy Armadillo is as adorable as he is quietly pissed about his name.
Ice Cream Cone Worm
And just like that, a favorite summer treat was ruined, despite the fact the above should really be named “Bad Cannoli” or “McDonald’s Chicken Wrap”.
For those tired of repeating Princess Leia’s best line — “Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder!” — welcome to your new confusing insult.
This little guy reportedly tastes like chicken. Oddly enough, that’s why the chicken is also named “chicken”.
Discovered in Brazil in 2011 by dam builders, the penis snake can often be found throbbing with excitement. It is unknown, though, if it appears in both original and uncircumcised forms.
Bone-Eating Snot-Flower Worm
How a creature that looks like the worst thing that can happen with an order of popcorn shrimp got such a name is a mystery. It’s amazing the scientists didn’t also add “Poo-Poo Eater” for the hell of it.
Penguins are adorable. Penguins are loving. Penguins do not always make the best facial hair choices.
There’s not much else you could call this creature except “Evelyn, Enough with the Clinique Already”. The lipstick may detract others from realizing the batfish cannot, in fact, swim. (It instead crawls on the ocean floor, bar-hopping.)
Perhaps named after its sardonic quips, this lovable little fellow can also go by “Predator Vs. All Other Marine Life”, “Dear God, I Can Still See It with My Eyes Closed!” and “Well, We’re F*cked”.
10 Of The Strangest & Funniest Real Animal Species Names