Many fans have come into The Big Bang Theory in the middle of its run, so there may be some facts about Sheldon Cooper that have been missed – some of which are so obscure as to only warrant a passing comment from time to time. Well, here are some fun facts about Sheldon Cooper that you may or may not have heard of before.
It is obvious that Sheldon is the tallest member of the group of scientist friends on The Big Bang Theory. Did you know that he is 6’2″ and weighs in at a light 165 pounds? His beanpole like appearance contributes to his social awkwardness and seems fitting for the character who sticks out like a sore thumb in every possible way.
Sheldon has an IQ of 187, which easily qualifies him as a genius. Currently he holds a Masters of Science, and two doctorate degrees (PhD), but does not have plans for any further degrees as yet. At the age of fourteen and a half, Sheldon Cooper received the Stevenson Award, making him the youngest recipient to date. According to University College London, the Stevenson Award is a mathematics award given to incredibly gifted students.
Another funny fact about Sheldon is that he has received two restraining orders against him. The first was filed by Leonard Nimoy, and the second by Stan Lee. Leonard Nimoy played Spock in Star Trek, and Stan Lee produced and wrote scores of comic books.
According to some reports, Sheldon Cooper is allergic to both bees and cats; however, in “The Zazzy Substitution,” season 4, episode 3, Sheldon buys one, and then several, cats in an attempt to get over a break up between him and Amy Farrah Fowler, who he insists is not his girlfriend. The first cat he buys is named Dr. Robert Oppenheimer. He then acquires several cats and names the all after members of the Manhattan Project, with the exception of Zazzles, because Sheldon claims that he is “zazzy.”
The Manhattan Project was a nuclear research and development team from the years 1942 to 1946. It was a joint venture between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and produced the first atomic bomb. Oppenheimer was the father of the atomic bomb, according to Sheldon Cooper.
The cat obsession – which leads one to believe that he is not in fact allergic to cats – gets so out of hand that Leonard calls Sheldon’s mother, Mary Cooper to handle the situation. Sheldon begins to introduce the cats to her, and she stops him with the following line: “Yeah, I get it. You got a lot of cats and gave them cute Jewish names.”
Although he argues with her, Mary replies that Sheldon’s recent obsession with cats is “creepy,” and tells Leonard, “You should of called me sooner.” In the end, Sheldon ends up paying people $20 to take the cats off of his hands. He and Amy also get back together at the end.
Watch clips from the episode here.
These are just some of the random facts about Sheldon Cooper that make the character such a funny part of The Big Bang Theory.