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“Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons is opening up about his “brutal” battle with coronavirus, saying one of the well-known symptoms was a truly bizarre experience.

  1. Sheldon Cooper BS, MS, MA, PhD, and ScD is a theoretical physicist at Caltech who is married to neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, with whom he now lives in Apartment 4B after years of sharing an apartment with his best friend and colleague, Leonard Hofstadter.
  2. Directed by Mark Cendrowski. With Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg. Sheldon wreaks havoc when he is stumped by a difficult physics question.
By/Sept. 28, 2020 1:46 pm EST

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A common problem with television's portrayal of scientists is that they often seem to know everything science-related, including information well outside their area of expertise. However, The Big Bang Theory's Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), a noted theoretical physicist, proved he's no ornithologist when a bird showed up at his window.

The season 5 Big Bang Theory episode 'The Ornithophobia Diffusion' tackles Sheldon's fear of birds when he finds one standing innocently outside his apartment window. Despite the bird having no way to come inside, Sheldon is appalled at its mere existence. He tries to ignore it, but that doesn't work, so he then calls animal control and incorrectly identifies the bird as a blue jay. Sure, the bird is blue in color, but it's not a blue jay.


Sheldon then calls Dr. Amy Fowler (Mayim Bialik) and Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch) to the scene. As a neuroscientist and microbiologist, respectively, neither of them know enough about birds to correct Sheldon on his error. This isn't the show's first onscreen mistake, but it did bother a particular subset of fans: the birders.

Birders caught the mistake immediately

Birder and Big Bang Theory viewer Sharon Stiteler (who tweets under the handle @birdchick) took to Twitter on the day the episode aired to notify the series' executive producer and co-creator Bill Prady that birders were 'buzzing' about Sheldon 'misidentifying a blue jay.'

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Prady responded the same night the episode aired, confirming that Sheldon did make a mistake and clarifying what type of bird it actually is: 'The bird was a black-throated magpie jay. Sheldon misidentifies it because he doesn't know birds.' It clearly wasn't a huge issue amongst casual, non-bird-watcher fans, though, as the tweet only got ten likes.

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For the uninitiated, one clue to identifying a blue jay from a black-throated magpie-jay is in the tail. The magpie-jay's tail is very long — longer than the rest of the bird's body. The blue jay, however, has a much shorter tail with black markings on it.

Generally, the two birds won't be anywhere near each other. Black-throated magpie-jays live along the west coast of Mexico, while blue jays live in the northwest and eastern half of the United States. So, what exactly was a magpie-jay doing in Pasadena, California, where The Big Bang Theory takes place? Well, Bernadette said it may have been a pet, and this species is occasionally kept in captivity. After all, Sheldon himself was ready to keep it by the end of the episode. Sounds like we'll have to chalk the bird's appearance in California up to someone keeping a very uncommon pet and rather than an oversight on bird species.

It was one of the most watched and Emmy-awarded sitcoms in decades, but what are the Big Bang Theory cast up to now?..

It was one of the most watched and Emmy-awarded sitcoms in decades, but what are the Big Bang Theory cast up to now?

Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons revealed that he was almost on another beloved sitcom before landing his famous role as Sheldon Cooper.

The 47-year-old actor appeared at a panel for the upcoming Fox sitcom he executive produces, Call Me Kat. During the discussion, he revealed that he once went in to audition for an unspecified role on NBC’s mega-hit The Office.

During the discussion, Parsons confessed that he didn’t have high hopes for the show when he auditioned.

“I was like ‘how stupid, it’s about an office. If America wanted their own office show, they would have already made it by now,” Parsons said, via Deadline.

Jim Parsons played Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory.Source:Supplied

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Pusoy poker apk games. With the benefit of hindsight, it seems Parsons was wrong about the show as the American version of The Office went on to win multiple Emmy Awards and made cast members like John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson and Mindy Kaling household names.

Parsons, meanwhile, got the role of Sheldon Cooper soon after and went on to immense Emmy success of his own. He’s won four awards for The Big Bang Theory across six nominations, while catapulting his net worth to $US 160 million and making him the highest paid actor on TV.

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The Office was also an incredibly popular sitcom. Picture: Paul DrinkwaterSource:Supplied

The star is hoping to find TV success once again by executive producing the new series alongside his former co-star Mayim Bialik. Ironically, Parsons is throwing his weight behind another American adaptation of a British TV show.

Call Me Kat stars Bialik and is based on the British sitcom “Miranda.” Kat is a single woman who owns a cat cafe in Louisville, Ky., According to Entertainment Weekly, the money for the business venture was set aside by Kat’s mother for her nuptials.

According to the outlet, elsewhere in the panel Parsons couldn’t help but gush about the upcoming project.

“I don’t know about a cameo, but I’d say never say never,” he said.

“But I do want to point out what makes someone so hungry to join a show like this is … it was interesting to hear Mayim talk about how ‘Big Bang’ was such a well-oiled machine because similarly, when I watched the first run-through for this show, I felt similarly when I watched the first episode.”

This story originally appeared on Fox News and has been reproduced here with permission