If this ain't the difference between America and Australia, I don't know what is!
In America, mainstream society bothers itself mainly with football, beer, and reality TV. In Australia, it’s footy, beer, and… surfing! What a people, those British-rejects!
And the Aussie devotion to surf often leads to unimaginable outcomes. Most recently, in fact just yesterday, Mick Fanning was honored with the namesake of a newly discovered species of arachnid. I kid you not.
Let’s read from ABC:
A competition was held to name the new species of water spider at the recent World Science Festival in Brisbane.
Entrants were asked to pick a name that not only captured the essence of the spider but drew inspiration from World Science Festival Brisbane, World Water Day or a Queensland connection.
Brazil’s Hector Manuel Osório Gonzalez Filho submitted the winning name, mickfanningi, in honour of the Gold Coast surfer.
And how do you think Mick Fanning feels about this Brazilian-born expansion of his legacy? Is he ecstatic or slightly disturbed? Let’s see!
Very honoured to have this little guy named after me! Read the info below to see how it came about. Cheers #Repost @qldmuseum (@get_repost) ・・・ Introducing mickfanningi, a new water spider species named after surfing legend @Mick_Fanning♂️️read more via @WSFBrisbane #qldmuseum #queenslandmuseum / Image: Live Spider with same pattern as mickfanningi – Photo Credit – Ben Revell. – This similar species to Pisauridae mickfanningi has the same pattern on its back. #surfingspider #spider #wsf2017 #wsfbrisbane
And this acknowledgement, something I’ll label as gracious indifference, is the only professional response to the fact that a hairy, eight-legged menace was named after you. He continued:
“It’s pretty awesome to know that the spider is quite local to the Gold Coast and only a short drive from Snapper,” Fanning said.
You hear that? An almost-Snapper-local! Which makes me think the mickfanningi would have been better suited as a snake… or maybe a shark?
Better luck next time, science.