When does an Internet poll ever yield mature and respectable results?
A poll, conducted by the Natural Environment Research Council in the U.K., took on a life of its own after one clever person submitted the RRS Boaty McBoatface. The vessel, which is being funded by an over $350 million CDN project, will be used in Arctic research by the British Navy. The name of the boat received over 124,000 votes, over four times the second place name.
The final decision falls upon the CEO of the NERC, and will definitely be a battle of public opinion vs. historical naming procedures. The name was pitched by radio DJ, James Hand, who has said that it got legs of its own after his initial suggestion. The “RRS It’s bloody cold here” was also a contender for the top 5 names.
The NERC should have learned from other public opinion polls when it came to naming things. The poll run by Greenpeace to name a humpback whale ended with Mr. Splashy Pants taking 78% of the vote. Austin, Texas, tried to rename the Solid Waste Services Department, and ended with the top amount of votes going to The Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts, as an ode to the Limp Bizkit singer.
Ask the Internet and reap the rewards…