18. There’s a bee named after Sheldon’s catchphrase
Naming newly-discovered animals after characters from films and TV is becoming more common, but Euglossa Bazinga, a kind of bee recently discovered in Brazil, might be the first to be named after a catchphrase. It picked up the name because for a long time scientists had mistaken it for a different species. Bazinga!
17. One of the cast has a Ph.D. in real life
All of the actors on the show have probably learned a great deal about science – and Star Trek – since they started, but one had a head start. Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy, has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California. And not only is her character a neuroscientist, but one of the textbooks which appears in the show actually belongs to her.
16. There’s a Belarusian rip-off of the show
In 2010 series creator Chuck Lorre discovered something rather odd: namely, in Belarus a show called The Theorists had just started airing. It was about four nerdy scientists living in the same apartment building as a beautiful woman. Even the dialogue was virtually identical to TBBT. Because the production company making it was owned by the Belarusian government, however, Warner Brothers couldn’t sue. But once the cast found out they were working on a rip-off, they didn’t want to be involved anymore.