So, for years, one could actually name a star and give it as a Christmas gift. Now, I thought that was pretty cool until I learned this:
Purdue has a gift idea for you: Name a new species of bat
Center for the Environment's Species Naming and Conservation Initiative
Would you like to name a bat species for a family member or friend this holiday season, and help support important environmental research and conservation efforts?
Purdue University is offering the naming rights to a newly discovered species in honor of a donor to the Center for the Environment. This unique species is a rare family member of the little yellow bat, the smallest known bats in the New World. They weigh less than a tablespoon of water, and are sensitive environmental sentinels of their habitat.
This might just be the greatest gift one could ever give. Who wouldn't want to be associated with a terror-inducing creature named Mike?
In the spirit of Christmas, I beg my loved ones to name a bat after me.