You know what they say: Work really hard, speak up for what you believe in, and eventually you too will have your own fern.
After five years of striving, the dream has finally come true for one lucky pop star: Lady Gaga was bestowed the ultimate honor this week, as scientists from Duke University named an entire new genus of ferns after her.
According to biology professor Kathleen Pryer, "We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense 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."
How? The new ferns tie into Gaga's commitment to LGBT advocacy: They reproduce by sending out spores of fluid gender, which grow up to be male ferns, female ferns or both. Or, in the words of Mama Monster herself, they were FERN this way.
The genus Gaga will contain 19 species of fern, including Gaga germanotta and Gaga monstraparva—that's "little monster" to you English speakers.