From Math Theorems to New Species: 5 Things You Can Name After Someone

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Are you looking for a gift for the person who has everything (or who never seems to want anything)? Have you considered a new math theorem?

1. A New Math Theorem

Know any mathematicians, scientists or geeks who already own everything in the ThinkGeek catalog? Well, perhaps it's time you invest in a new theorem. Unlike many of the other things you can name after someone, this one is pretty cheap ($24). That’s because TheoryMine’s robot mathematicians are creating new theorems every day. In fact, you only have to wait two business days to get your new theorem certificate via email. You can also go ahead and order t-shirts, mugs and more featuring your new theorem.

2. A Rose

What could be more romantic than giving your special lady a dozen red roses? Giving her a bouquet of roses from a newly cultivated strain of flowers that is actually named for her.

World of Roses is always creating new varieties of blooms. For about $1222 (the price varies by strain), you can have one of the new breeds named after someone you care about. Along with a certificate stating the name of your rose, you also receive a framed photo of your rose, color labels of your rose, a documentation of the registration of the rose with the American Rose Society, and a bouquet of the roses themselves.

3. A New Species

Discover Life In America has been hard at work discovering new creatures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. Since 2000, the group has discovered 910 new species. Unfortunately, funding can be hard to come by, which is why the group is selling naming rights to the creatures they find on their expeditions.

So how much does it cost to name a new species that lives in the nation’s most visited national park? Anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000, which includes a copy of the scientific publication where your species is first described.

4. A New Spider Species

Of course, if you have a true arachnoid-lover in mind, you may want to ensure the species named after the person you love is a spider. Since Discover Life In America doesn’t let you chose the type of creature to be dedicated, you might want to head over to The Queensland Museum of Australia.

The $5,125 price tag includes the chance to meet world-renowned arachnologist Dr. Robert Raven and the opportunity to pick which spider species you'd like to name. You'll get a certificate with a detailed illustration of your spider and a compilation of scientific data about your specific species. Within a year, the spider name you chose will appear on the Worldwide Database of Spiders for the rest of the species’ existence.

5. A Star?

There are a number of companies out there offering to name stars or asteroids after yourself or a loved one, but these registries have no connection to the International Astronomical Union, the only institution that can name celestial bodies that are actually recognized by credible scientific institutions. If you buy a star or asteroid from a registry, all you're really buying is a star chart and a certificate with your selected star name printed on it. (You can always just print out your own star chart and certificate at home and save your money.) Of course, if you’re going to do that, you may as well go big and name a whole galaxy after the person…after all, the sky’s the limit.
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Have any of you ever bought the naming rights to something for someone you cared about? Would you ever consider anything on this list?

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