Friday, February 27, 2009

Prince of Botanists Winning Answer?

Who is Carl Linnaeus? That was the response, answer, question (whatever the hell they call it on Jeopardy when you say something after Alex does) that moved Leland Graham onto his third round of the long running game show. He was the only contestant who knew that Carl Linnaeus was the one who wanted his gravestone to read Princeps Botanicorum.

You guessed it, Linnaeus was the guy who gave us binomial nomenclature, the scientific naming system that us Homo sapiens loathingly memorized in Biology class. Taxonomy: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species. And looking at the photo of the tombstone he shares with his father above, his wife said “Princeps Botanicorum my ass.” And they went with the old standby of birth, death and Latin.

I have to wonder why there isn’t a movie about this Classification Rapping Crenshaw High School Biology teacher from 1989?

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