One thing people have been very slow to realise about the internet is that, if you leave important decisions up to it, it will absolutely fuck your shit right up.
You want people to choose a name for your super cool antarctic exploration ship or whatever? You bet your ass they are going to call it Boaty McBoatface – and you should be thankful they didn’t vote to call it Turdy McFuckhole.
The British National Environment Research Council learned the hard way that the public is not going to play nicely with you if given any opportunity to be a dickhole, and thus they were forced to back down after the public overwhelmingly chose Boaty McBoatface as the nom de boat for a new polar research vessel, ultimately settling on the much more dignified RRS Sir David Attenborough.
As a small concession, though, NERC did agree to name a small unmanned submarine Boaty McBoatface, which is still pretty cool. I guess. I mean, it’s not technically a boat. But, whatever. Fine. I’m not mad, just disappointed.
Boat McBoatface will be used to research the passage of cold water currents in the Orkney Passage and will be departing from Chile on March 16th on the British Antarctic Survey research ship James Clark Ross.
Godspeed, tiny submarine.
Photo: Natural Environment Research Council.
Source: The Telegraph.