Is there really a crab named after David Hasselhoff?

31 Jan

I am a massive fan of David Hasselhoff. And you know why? Because he knows he is B grade and he owns it.

He knows he’ll never be recognised with a Grammy award and still he continues to release inflict us with his music. He knows he’ll never co-star with Meryl Streep but gave his all to Anaconda 4.  And when he was filmed trying to eat a hamburger while intoxicated, he didn’t try to blame it on ‘exhaustion’.

In short, he gets the joke, he knows it’s on him and he still signs up to play the German dodgeball coach. And more power to him. I mean have you ever had a German No. 1 single?  Have you performed on the Berlin Wall? Did you make a rumoured $100 million from Baywatch? Thought not. Me neither.

Anyway, the hirsute one came to my attention today via a rumour he had had a crab named after him. And to be honest, I initially called BS. I mean the jokes about crabs and Pamela Anderson would just be too easy.

But it’s true. And there’s good logic to the science.

The crab under the spotlight is a new species boffins found on the Southern Ocean floor of the Antarctic, where it apparently lives about 2500m below the surface. But what really caught their fancy was that it had an unusually hairy chest – a bit like The Hoff himself – and thus the nickname was born.

You can read more about the discovery here.

But in the meantime, let’s all enjoy the best video clip of all time.

2 Responses to “Is there really a crab named after David Hasselhoff?”

  1. myschoolhouserocks January 31, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    That is brilliant!

    • whatcanilearntoday February 1, 2012 at 12:52 am #

      Thanks 🙂 You really can’t go wrong with The Hoff, can you? I especially love the video clip – such an explosion of cheesetastic goodness. Especially the alien guy that just bobs across the screen at random moments.

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