Three new species of microbes have been named after Rush.
According to the Uvic, the trio of microbes was found in the guts of termites and sport long hair and have a tendency to move rhythmically under a microscope. The researchers called the new Pseudotrichonympha species P. leei, P. lifesoni, and P. pearti after Rush’s Geddy, Alex and Neil.
Patrick Keeling, a University of British Columbia microbiologist and senior author of a paper about the new species, said he was asked by a Spanish colleague to recommend “some good Canadian music, and I suggested he listen to Rush,” he explained. “He came back to me and said, ‘Those microbes we’re finding have long hair like the guys on the album 2112!’”