Ozzy gets a frog named after him

Posted by on November 12, 2014

It turns out that if you’d like an animal named after you, all you have to do is do acid every day for two years, sing in the band that invented heavy metal, then go on to a successful solo career, and bite the head off a bat. National Geographic reports that a new species of frog has been found in the Brazilian Amazon. On an expedition, Pedro Peloso heard the frog’s call and knew that it was a new species. The 0.75-inch frog has “mysteriously long, delicate fingers a” and “an unusually large vocal sac that inflates to produce it’s unique high-pitched chirping sound.” That sound was bat-like, which led the expedition team to refer to it as the “bat frog.”

After repeated references to the “bat frog,” the team started talking about how they were fans of Ozzy and Black Sabbath. When it came time to name the animal, Peloso named it Dendropsophus ozzyi, after the Prince of Darkness. Of course you’ll remember that Ozzy once bit the head off of a dead bat that a fan tossed onstage. In his defense, he a) thought it was dead and b) once took acid every day for two years. Ozzy’s animal-biting days are far behind him these days, but much like National Geographic, he makes TV appearances.

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