12 Ridiculous-Sounding Scientific Names That Are 100% Real

12 Ridiculous-Sounding Scientific Names That Are 100% Real

Welcome, dear reader, to a list of 12 scientific names that are 100% real, yet sound utterly ridiculous. From marine flatworms that use their penises to fight for parental roles, to a mineral named after the place it was discovered, you will be amazed at the strange and wonderful things that science has uncovered. 

We invite you to join us on a journey of discovery, as we explore the weird and wonderful world of science. From two fingers in a vagina and one finger in a bum, to a word that takes three hours to say out loud, these scientific names are sure to make you laugh, gasp, and maybe even blush. 

So, without further ado, let us begin our exploration of the 12 ridiculous-sounding scientific names that are 100% real. Enjoy (unless, of course, you are currently being pulled into a supermassive black hole, stretching your fragile human form into an infinitely long piece of linguini)!

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Stretched and squished.

CRACKED SPAGHETTIFICATION It's when an object is pulled apart by the intense gravity of a black hole, stretching it out into a long, thin shape.


Penis-stabbing for parental roles.

CRACKED PENIS FENCING Marine flatworms fight each other with their penises to decide who will be the father and who will be the mother. The one who stabs the other first wins and the one who gets stabbed becomes the mother. Nature is majestic.


Fancy Feces?

CRACKED TURDUS MAXIMUS Get your mind out of the sewer. This is the scientific name for the noble Tibetan Blackbird, which - we're not making this up - is part of the Turdidae family.

AviBase / eBird 

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