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The Big Bang Theory Just Got Its Own Chemical Compound

Sheldon smiling in the apartment

They say that art imitates life, but the reverse often occurs too. The pop culture impact of certain TV shows and movies have been known to seep into the world of science, as particularly nerdy professionals name new discoveries after their favorite fictional characters. There have been apes named after Luke Skywalker, and now a chemical compound has taken a page from The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper. Hold on to your comic books, because bazinga might just end up in future chemistry books.

This news comes to us from Scientific American, which caught up with researchers Paul Canfield and Na Hyun Jo at Iowa State University, who are attempting to grow the material after watching The Bing Bang Theory. Jo was watching an episode of Big Bang, when Sheldon let out his signature catchphrase "bazinga!". During this same scene, the nerd's white board contained the elements barium, zinc, and gallium. That's when he decided to combine these elements into a new compound, and see if BaZnGa could somehow contribute to the greater world of science.

Within the confines of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon's constant use of the word "bazinga" is one of the sitcom's longest recurring jokes. While Sheldon Cooper doesn't enjoy strong personal relationships or understand nuances like sarcasm, he does like to make his own type of practical jokes. And whenever the scene stealer manages to get one over on the rest of the cast, he exclaims "bazinga", cueing them into the fact that he got them, and he got them good.

As a reminder, you can check out a complication of Sheldon's bazinga moments below.

With The Big Bang Theory kicking off its whopping 11th season, there have been over a decade of bazingas in the show's long tenure. Its place in pop culture has even extended into other comedies, including Comedy Central's Broad City. Paul W. Downs' lame but sweet Trey is clearly a big fan of Big Bang, as he too exclaimed bazinga when making a joke with protagonist Abbi- usually when the joke didn't even land.

And we're bound to see more of Sheldon's catchphrase this fall, as spinoff Young Sheldon will be premiering after The Big Bang Theory. Perhaps we'll see the origins of this signature word, as the spinoff picks up on a 9 year old Sheldon in Texas.

Young Sheldon will preview September 25, 2017, before premiering after The Big Bang Theory on November 2, 2017. In the meantime, check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch.

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.