Just when I was losing faith in my fellow citizens along comes this...
The good folk of Blighty have voted with their fingers - the polar-bound Royal Research Ship is to be called Boaty McBoatface. The Natural Environmental Research Council last week asked for suggestions to name the £200m, 15,000 tonne floating lab that is bound for colder climes once it launches in 2019. At last count, some …
Is it just me or does "Boaty McBoatface" utterly smack of a bunch of first year uni students with a hilarious sense of humour and too much time on their hands trying to skew the vote?
When they're factored out, it'll turn out that your fellow citizens actually voted for something boringly worthy like "Vanguard". :-)
Like the proud wankers who voted for Fapulous Apple to be the new Mountain Dew flavor, only to be outvoted by Hitler Did Nothing Wrong, brought to you by 4chan IIRC.
This is what always happens when you ask the internet. And you fully deserve it if you're too chicken to come up with a name yourselves.
P.S. c'mon guys, there's still time to do worse than Boaty McBoatface.
So how do you know students did it, or do you work your conclusions backwards from bias?
Also the website crashed after news reports of the name as far as I know, could still be people cheating the system but I like to hope the whole of the UK heard the story and wen't yeah lets make sure that name wins.
It's this kind of logic that helps Finnish death metal bands win the Eurovision.
Let's face it, when Lordi were announced as Finland's entry that year they were guaranteed 12 points from the UK :)
And we clearly don't want to win, otherwise we'd just get Iron Maiden to enter...
@ Triggerfish; "So how do you know students did it, or do you work your conclusions backwards from bias?"
Given that I said it "utterly smacked" of a bunch of students, I think it's quite obvious that my conclusion was 100% worked backwards from narrowminded, student-stereotyping bias.
You make it sound like that's a bad thing! ;-)
@DaLo; "Well seeing as that suggestion was from the Communications Manager of The Independent Association of Prep Schools, James Hand, then does that add or detract weight from your theory?"
"Independent Association of Prep Schools"? You mean this guy's got enough free time from his "real" job (i.e. doing PR for future Bullingdon Club members training to get into Eton) to come up with this?
You're probably right. Not so much a student w*****r, more of a "****** Mc****face" then?
@Triggerfish; Either that or I was playing up the (admittedly not entirely without foundation) stereotype of students and young people in general- yes, I've been there myself, surprisingly- and quite obviously acknowledging that for tongue-in-cheek purposes.
I guess if you missed that glaringly obvious fact you might think I was a Daily Mail reader rather than someone who wouldn't wipe my arse with it for fear of turning my backside racist. (Joke stolen from some comedian, can't remember who...)
What are "predujices" by the way? Are they a range of delicious orange and apple flavoured drinks popular with the aforementioned Daily Mail set? (^_^)
Reminds me of the Gitwizard/David Blaine and his attempt to hang in a glass box over the Thames with no food. At which point the british public obligingly used remote control aircraft to drop cheeseburgers on the roof.
If there's a way to skewer excess dignity, the british public will find it.
Hopefully the boat will be sufficiently armed to take out that boring Sammy the Seal who is always messing up Pingu's fun...
P.S. I am not mad, and have only had my allowed daily ration of cognac. Peace to you all (expect boring seals)
Hail Pingu, fools!
People should have learned by now you can't trust the public to name things. It's probably 150 years since the East Lancashire Railway ran a public poll to name a club they were opening for use by their employees. The winner: The East Lancashire Railway Employee's Club.
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