Scientists with a sense of humor have coined some deliciously silly names for molecules, chemicals, and minerals. Would you believe Curious Chloride and Moronic Acid? How about Arsole and Cummingtonite? And then there’s the names they give human genes, like Sonic Hedgehog, Tigger, Mad, and Max!
Tigger is a transposable element in the human genome, i.e. it can jump to another location in the genome. Tigger, in A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh, was a bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy character.
You’ll find more strange and amusing scientific stuff today at Miss Cellania.