Well, I guess they can’t figure out how to lighten up. This is exactly the sort of attitude that cost them the colonies here in North America. Just saying.

And there goes all sorts of marketing and gear possibilties. I would have bought a mug and a t-shirt for myself and as gifts. Sigh.

She’ll always be “Boaty” to me…

Via NPR.

Appearing to drown all hope that the U.K.’s new $300 million research vessel will be named “Boaty McBoatface,” Science Minister Jo Johnson says the ship needs a more “suitable” name.

Although Boaty McBoatface decisively won a public poll that Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council launched last month to whip up enthusiasm about science, Johnson told BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday that “there is a process now for us to review all of the public’s choices. Many of them were imaginative; some were more suitable than others.”

According to The Guardian, Boaty McBoatface “received 124,109 votes, four times more than RRS Poppy-Mai — named after a 16-month-old girl with incurable cancer — which came in second place.”

But Johnson was firm, saying, “I think we were clear when launching the competition that we were looking for a name that would be in keeping with the mission.”


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  1. cbldski says:

    Good for the science minister. This is one pathetic name. It reminds me of my ex-wife who named my first dog “Doggie.” Now you know why she’s my ex-wife.

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