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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Bob Marley Parasite and Other Weird Crap Named After Musicians

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 8:37 AM

If you've walked along upper Haight recently, you'll have no doubt noticed the series of tributes to much loved musical heroes who are no longer with us, lovingly arranged around single trees. Amy Winehouse recently joined Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin on that run. But tributes to musicians -- both living and dead -- aren't always as subtle as all that. Here's a bunch of weird crap named after musicians.

The Beyonce Horsefly

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Beyonce once said of the Destiny's Child smash hit, "Bootylicious": "It's a celebration of curves and a celebration of women's bodies." Well, tell that to Bryan Lessard, the Australian scientific researcher who recently named a rare "gold bum fly" (that's what locals call it) after her on account of the fact that the insect is "pretty bootylicious." The horse fly's official title is now Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae. We are sure Ms. Knowles is thrilled to bits. 

The John Lennon Airport

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You know, we always felt like Strawberry Fields in NYC's Central Park didn't have nearly enough flowers in it. We were hoping that that little corner of Manhattan's vast green space would be bright and beautiful and really special, like John Lennon himself. Then we saw England's John Lennon Airport, in his hometown of Liverpool, and Strawberry Fields started looking just perfect. Of course it's lovely that the first thing you think of when you fly into Liverpool is one of its most beloved sons, but we're not sure we want to associate the peace-loving music legend with a whole heap of noise pollution and concrete and cumbersome security searches. Good effort, Scousers, but this is a bit weird.

The David Bowie Cocktail

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Invented in Portland, Oregon's New Deal Distillery, this very alcoholic drink is apparently one part bourbon, and five parts chocolate liqueur, on the rocks, served with an orange wedge. Ideally, you're supposed to use New Deal's own Mud Puddle for the chocolatey part (it apparently has a strong cocoa flavor, mingled with cherries, nutmeg and pepper). All sounds extremely delicious to us. Oh, and FYI, the Distillery claims that the cocktail is "totally after Space Oddity but definitely before Ziggy Stardust." Glad that's cleared up, then.

Run DMC Way

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This is in Queens. And it's fucking awesome. We want every street on earth to be named after our favorite bands, as of now. Sort it out, city planners.

The Bob Marley Parasite

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It's the ultimate tribute! Being named after a blood-sucking parasitic crustacean that lives in the Caribbean! Not exactly Sponge Bob, is it? Paul Sikkel, the guy responsible for naming the little bastards after Marley, works at Arkansas State University and attempted to explain his name choice of "Gnathia marleyi" in the following way: "I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley's music." Really, dude? Really?

The Velvet Underground Desserts

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That's right -- desserts, plural. As in, there's more than one, if you can believe it. First of all, there's the banana cream pie named after the band, served up in New York City's Cake Shop bar and venue -- which actually makes some sense given the Andy Warhol artwork on The Velvet Underground & Nico's debut. And then there's something called Red Velvet Underground cake, invented by (which has a whole heap of dessert recipes named after musicians, incidentally). Kinda makes sense. Heroin and sugar always did go hand in hand...   

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