Sheldon’s Catchphrase Becomes New Compound
Sheldon Cooper’s catchphrase, “Bazinga,” which he uses whenever he feels like he pulls something over on something, is getting its own actual compound. The fictional theoretical physicist is about to go down in real scientific record books.
The compound, which will be called BaZnGa (barium, zinc and gallium) will come to reality due to some pretty unorthodox roots. It’s pretty strange, after all, that science occurs because of a wisecrack on television.
However, its creation fits a goal pursued by countless physicists, which is to discover a new material. Co-author Paul Canfield, a professor of physics at Iowa State University said, “It’s part of our effort to discover new materials and characterize them…”
Creating BaZnGa For Sake Of Science
Live Science writes:
“The idea to create BaZnGa came from study co-author Na Hyun Jo, a graduate student of physics in Canfield’s lab. One evening, she turned on the TV and saw a commercial for “The Big Bang Theory” that showed Sheldon’s “Bazinga” as the elements barium, zinc and gallium.”
“It just so happened that Jo and Canfield were already planning to study three-part compounds (known as a ternary) that contained barium and zinc. When Jo saw “BaZnGa” flash on the TV, it seemed to be a message from the universe, telling her, “‘Come on guys, add some gallium, see what you can find!'” Canfield said.”
“The physicists first checked whether anyone else had ever made BaZnGa. The coast was clear, they found: There was no other reported compound containing just these three elements, Canfield said.”
The Origin Of The Famous Catchphrase
The Huffington Post writes:
Bazinga “showed up in the writers room at The Big Bang Theory. It was the catch phrase of writer Stephen Engel, who would use it whenever he played a prank on a fellow writer. The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady recalled a time that Engel gave him a grapefruit but when Prady went to eat it, it turned out to be hollowed out and carefully put back together. Engel then said, “Bazinga!”