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Old 21 March 2016, 12:51 AM
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United Kingdom Boaty McBoatface could be name of £200m UK research vessel after public vote

The official name of a new multi-million pound research vessel could be the RRS Boaty McBoatface after the internet was asked for its ideas. When the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) opened up suggestions to name their new ship, little could they have predicted what the frontrunner would be. Steaming ahead of its rivals, RRS Boaty McBoatface is outstripping the likes of Endeavour, Henry Worsley, David Attenborough, Falcon and many more offerings.

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Old 21 March 2016, 03:13 AM
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Narrowly edging out "Joey Jojo Shabadoo, Jr"?
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Old 21 March 2016, 12:28 PM
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Newflash: the internet is full of smart***es.
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Old 21 March 2016, 02:06 PM
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Newflash: the internet is full of smart***es.
The people who wrote the contest rules appear to have been aware of that:

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The name of a new polar research vessel will be chosen by a panel of experts, even if the public overwhelmingly votes to call it Boaty McBoatface.
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The final name will be selected by the NERC, according to competition rules.
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Old 21 March 2016, 02:10 PM
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Experts on naming boats?
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Old 21 March 2016, 02:23 PM
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See what I mean?

ETA: FTR, I love smart***es. Some of my favorite people, including myself, are smart***es.
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Old 21 March 2016, 02:24 PM
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I represent that remark.
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Old 21 March 2016, 03:01 PM
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I resemble that remark!
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Old 21 March 2016, 07:13 PM
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The thing that annoys me about it is that "Boaty McBoatface" is surely an Americanism. If this is being done by British people, couldn't somebody at least have come up with a stupid British-sounding name? Or at least something witty, rather than just stupid.
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Old 21 March 2016, 07:56 PM
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I was wondering about that, Richard, it sounded like an Americanism from this side of the pond too.
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Old 21 March 2016, 08:00 PM
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Really!? I just thought it sounded terribly insipid, utterly lacking in any sort of creative wit. And, I am afraid, we have lunkheads like that on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Old 21 March 2016, 08:05 PM
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I guess I should have said it sounded more American than English. Its not a phrasing that I would call typical American either.
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I don't think it's meant to be witty.
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Old 21 March 2016, 08:33 PM
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The thing that annoys me about it is that "Boaty McBoatface" is surely an Americanism. If this is being done by British people, couldn't somebody at least have come up with a stupid British-sounding name? Or at least something witty, rather than just stupid.
Apparently one of the other suggestions is 'Itís bloody cold here' which sounds British, although not especially witty.
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Old 21 March 2016, 09:41 PM
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The person who came up with the suggestion thinks that is 'the most British thing ever' to call the ship Boaty Mcboatface.

Here is the BBC News report with a short video and an interview with the person who came up with the name:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35861444

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Experts on naming boats?
Of course. Doesn't America have boat naming experts?
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Not as good as those of the UK. I mean, we could never come up with such stirring names as HMS Pickle or HMS Cockchafer.
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The thing that annoys me about it is that "Boaty McBoatface" is surely an Americanism. If this is being done by British people, couldn't somebody at least have come up with a stupid British-sounding name? Or at least something witty, rather than just stupid.
Clearly the name is of Scottish, at best (if you're trying to pin this on someone else) Irish origin. Perhaps it's time you get your own kingdom in order before pointing your fingers across the pond, eh?

Now, if the leading candidate had been Poopyface Tomato Nose then you might have had a point...
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A friend of a friend pointed out on Facebook that due to the shape of the hull it should technically be called Shippy McShipface. But I'm not really an expert of boats... er, I mean ships... eh, let's just call it Floaty McFloatingthing.
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Old 21 March 2016, 11:27 PM
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Looking at the CGI of the boat/ship/floaty thing it has already been named - Name of Vessel. What's wrong with that?
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The Independent newspaper has come up with a short video of when Internet polls go wrong...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a6944426.html
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