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For example, a species of pterodactyl was named Aerodactylus after Aerodactyl, and there's a chemical known as Pikachurin somewhere. I think it'd be pretty interesting if anyone could find more.

Edit: I'm editing this because there seems to be some confusion.

This means things, people, or places in our world, the real world, that refer to Pokemon. For example, a real-world Pterodactyl species was named after Aerodactyl.
A real-world chemical known as Pikachurin exists.
A politician inadvertently quoted one of the Pokemon movies.

I want to know more references like this.

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Pikachurin is a Pokemon referance to the Real World. But eh, it's still interesting.
I've edited the question, trying to clear things up.
Originally, a game called Pokemon Water Blue Version (like Fire Red / Leaf Green) was created but copyrighting issues prevented its commercialisation. That explains why there isn't a remake of Pokemon Blue, as Water Blue is a Japanese trademark in pharmacy if I am not mistaken.
No, water blue was taken because water blue and fire red sounded too conflict-y , and leaf green sounded more peaceful

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I dont believe everything I see on FB but once I saw a pic from a course book which referenced Pokemon it said something like "To memorize all 100 Pokemon.."
.In 2008, Japanese researchers discovered a new protein which helps carry electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain and named it Pikachurin. According to the researchers, the decision was based on both Pokémon and protein possessing "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".

.Zbtb7, a gene discovered by a geneticist from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City, was originally named "Pokemon", stands for "POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic factor".

.In an interview with CultBox, Hollyoaks actor Andrew Still, who portrays Joel Dexter in the series, was asked what TV show reminded him of his childhood, to which he replied: "Definitely Pokémon. I remember going to a childminder when I was around 5 and me and all the other kids there would sit religiously around the TV and watch it".

.During a Republican debate for the 2012 United States presidential election, candidate Herman Cain quotes a "poet" saying "Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it's never easy when there's so much on the line." These are actually the beginning lines of The Power of One, the theme song for the movie of the same name. During his withdrawal speech, he reused the line but with proper attribution.

.In April 2014, the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program and CNN's Change the List project held a poll to name a pangolin rescued from traffickers as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the endangered mammal. Of the top five choices from CNN comments, the name "Sandshrew" won the official Facebook poll. Sandshrew the pangolin now lives in a Vietnamese national park.

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I've heard of that. It was a deadly disease and the Pokémon Company made the scientists change the name.
Finally, someone gets it! BA by tomorrow if no more answers.
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• Koffing and Weezing were originally going to be called NY and LA (New York and Los Angeles) as a complaint about the heavy pollution of those cities

• Mareep is an anagram for Ampere, the measure of electrical current.

• The "esp" in Espeon stands for Extra Sensive Perception, as Espeon is a psychic type.

• Ghost, Bug and Dark types are super effective against Psychic types, as they are basic fears and fear manipulates the mind.

• Mudkip is based on a Mudskipper, an amphibious fish that can survive on land under certain conditions.

• Anorith's name comes from anomalocaris a species of fossilized shrimp.

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Oh sorry xD I see you edited the question now, but before it was a little unclear so I thought you meant Pokemon references to the real world.
Yep, got that. Thanks, though!
you make a lot of sense.
LeafeonLol>:D, you are very clever and smart.
Well thank you my friend! I'm really not though xD
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I'm just putting Pokemon with new and sciency words in their name.
Volcarona has the word corona, which is the is the outline of the sun.
Deoxys is part of the word of deoxyribonucleic acid ( dna for short), minus the s.
Umbreon is named after umbra, which is the darkest part of a shadow.
That's all for now.

Also, Espeon is called Espeon because its has ESPeon in its name, which stands for extra sensitive percetion, as it is a psychic Pokemon. :D
is that stuff and psychic power real though? i wasn't sure, so i didn't add it.
Well everyone believes different stuff but as Espeon is psychic type, I guess it is real in the Pokemon world.
But it needs to be in the real world for this, I guess this stuff needs to be proven for it to be on this also.
ESP (or extra-sensetive perception) certainly sounds like a scientific term.
It sounds sciency, but it's not.
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Pokemon are not real (sorry, I know that sounds harsh), but they resemble stuff in the real world
For example,
Pikachu = mouse
Seedot = acorn
Lotad = =lilypad

This isn't the question. He's asking for all instances where Pokémon is referenced or given a tribute in the real world. For example, IMDB's page for "God" lists Arceus under his aliases. There is also the aforementioned fossil named after Aerodactyl, etc.

I don't blame you for reading the question wrong, though. Most of the time it's Pokémon that references the real world.
Yep. And not all of them, there are probably some buried deep in the recesses of the internet and asking for all of them would be cruel.
Yeah, and cuz this answer isn't what I was looking for, if you could hide/edit it to make it correct, that would be awesome. Thanks!
you don't bayleaf in pokemon?! you have been PUNished
seriously guys?