While most of us knew that, already, A St. Mary’s College scientist has officially named a flatworm, parasite after Barry. And he thinks it’s an honor. Warped. Very warped.
Breitbart first published this story.
It’s no Nobel Peace Prize, but Barack Obama has a new honor to brag about. Scientists have named a parasite after him – and there’s no worming out of it.
Meet Baracktrema obamai, a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles’ blood. A new study officially names the two-inch-long, hair-thin creature after Obama.
Thomas Platt, the newly retired biology professor at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana who chose the name, says it’s an honor, not an insult. Really.
Platt, who discovered and named the flatworm to crown his career before retiring, has 32 new species to his credit. In the past, he’s named them after his father-in-law, his doctorate adviser “and other people I have a great deal of respect for. This is clearly something in my small way done to honor our president,” Platt says.
A distant relative of the president, Platt says people pay thousands of dollars for the privilege of having a species named after them.
Parasites get a bad rap. Platt says this one reminds him of the president: “It’s long. It’s thin. And it’s cool as hell.”
Platt says Baractrema obamai “are phenomenally incredibly resilient organisms.”
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“I hold them in awe and with phenomenal respect,” Platt says.
The worm is related, distantly, to a parasite that can cause a devastating disease in humans, but it causes no harm to turtles, Platt says.
It doesn’t matter how you spin it. Being named after a parasite is only a privilege and an honor in the warped minds of the liberal academic elites. … And these are the folks that are molding the minds of tomorrow.
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