I frigin love Stephen Colbert! And you know who else loves Stephen Colbert? Stephen Colbert loves Stephen Colbert. The O’Reilly-esque talk show host mixes no words when the subject of his awesome greatness arises. Therefore it should come as no surprise that the punning political pundit fought hard to have a new spider species named after…HIMSELF!
Here’s how it went down: Jason Bond, an East Carolina University professor, recently discovered 27 new species of trapdoor spiders. Because Bond is not only a professor, but a totally rad dude, he named one of his spiders after Neil Young (“Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi”). Well once Colbert found out that Neil was getting a spider and HE wasn’t…poo hit the ceiling. So Colbert did what any reasonable person would do and called Bond live on his June 24th show to negotiate the naming rights. No pressure!
Colbert said: “Where’s my spider? I have lots of animals named after me: turtles, eagles, Ontario Junior League hockey mascots. The world demands an eight-legged tribute to Stephen Colbert and I do not mean another barbershop quartet.”
At the end of the day Colbert got his spider (“Aptostichus stephencolberti”) and even though it may not shoot poison darts or lay eggs in various human body parts, having your own species of spider is pretty fantastic. Good job Stephen…good job!