Friday, May 6, 2016

Boaty McBoatface is Gone - Boaty, We Hardly Knew Ye

As was hinted about in last week's piece, while the British people voted overwhelmingly to call their new research vessel Boaty McBoatface, the Science Ministry was not amused.  Boaty McBoatface is gone as a name. 

The name was scrapped and the ship will be called RRS Sir David Attenborough
Showing at least a little bit of political savvy, Jo Johnson didn't completely discard the people's choice: RRS Sir David Attenborough will be outfitted with a number of remotely operated underwater vehicles (see gallery above), and one of those will be called Boaty McBoatface. Hopefully they'll paint a dorky face on the front of its torpedo-like frame.
You know they couldn't just go with a name like this.  Science!!! is too serious for such a juvenile name.
 To borrow a comment exchange from the article:
Vorador wrote:
While it was somewhat obvious that a name like that wasn't gonna fly, i still find ironic that the government ask for your opinion but when it doesn't like said opinion, they do whatever they want.
The outcome of pretty much every government consultation ever, right there.

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