Thursday 25 October 2012, 11:56 | By

Bisexual fern genus named after Lady Gaga

And Finally

Lady Gaga

Okay. What would you rather hear about, Lady Gaga’s very vague and faraway new single, or the fact that she’s just had an entire genus of ferns named after her? It’s really no contest, is it?

So going first with the fern angle, the New York Times quotes one Kathleen Pryer – keen pop-lover and herbology professor at North Carolina’s Duke University, who has filed nineteen species of ferns under classifications like ‘Gaga monstroparva’ (aka ‘Little Monsters’, a la the Lady’s fans) – as saying this: “We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defence of equality and individual expression. And as we started to consider it, the ferns themselves gave us more reasons why it was a good choice”.

Most notable amongst said reasons are the ferns’ characteristic of having “somewhat fluid definitions of gender”, which mean they can be male, female, or both sexes at once. So, that’s nice.

Now to the serious business of Lady Gaga’s first single from her art/pop-tastic tbc LP ‘ARTPOP’, which, according to her Twitter tagline, is what happens when “POP sucks the tits of ART”. Nice. Basically, the ‘Government Hooker’ star has said that either her next single, or at least official details about it – this tweet doesn’t really clarify – will be released “next year”. So, set 2013 aside for that then.


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