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    RRS Boaty McBoatface

    This story made me laugh out loud when I heard it on the Today Programme this morning: http://www.theguardian.com/environme...are_btn_fb#_=_

    Also love the 'Usain Boat' suggestion.

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    My vote goes to: Pingu.

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    Although, within the small print of the competition, they reserve the right to call the ship whatever they want!

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    Apparently a train guard renamed his train today on the displays etc.. as

    "Trainy mctrainface"


    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a6947831.html

    Got to love Britsh sense of humour we know how to p take better than anyone else....

    Last edited by lordloz; 26th March 2016 at 11:49.

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    I'll start: I bet it'll be called the David Attenborough. He deserves it: he's done more to educate us than anyone else around.

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    I heard about this story on Radio 2 earlier in the week and it made me laugh in hysterics :D

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    Heard it on R4 too... The guy who came up with it works for them and put it in as a bit of a joke and now, apparently, is feeling a little shame faced... Very funny!

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    Haha brilliant.

    Reminds me of the whale called Mr Splashy Pants, where I believe Greenpeace didn't have the same disclaimer

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    The results are in...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36064659

    RRS Boaty McBoatface - 124,109
    RRS Poppy-Mai - 34,371
    RRS Henry Worsley - 15,231
    RRS It's Bloody Cold Here - 10,679
    RRS David Attenborough - 10,284

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    The results are in...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36064659

    RRS Boaty McBoatface - 124,109
    RRS Poppy-Mai - 34,371
    RRS Henry Worsley - 15,231
    RRS It's Bloody Cold Here - 10,679
    RRS David Attenborough - 10,284
    So Henry Worsley wins then.

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    The Australians aren't original but they do have a sense of humour...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-36052242

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    ^^^^^

    Shouldn't that be 'Planey O'Planeface'?

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    Whilst I disagree with the lack of democracy around naming this vessel, at least common sense has prevailed in the end.

    A very fitting tribute to one of the greatest (if not the greatest) naturalists, and all-round good eggs alive today.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36225652

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    Quote Originally Posted by amnesia View Post
    Whilst I disagree with the lack of democracy around naming this vessel, at least common sense has prevailed in the end.
    You think democracy should trump common sense? (An increasingly appropriate verb, really, in the circumstances.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glamdring View Post
    I'll start: I bet it'll be called the David Attenborough. He deserves it: he's done more to educate us than anyone else around.
    Quote Originally Posted by amnesia View Post
    A very fitting tribute to one of the greatest (if not the greatest) naturalists, and all-round good eggs alive today.
    I'm with you on that. I was watching him very recently on the Galapagos programme he did and he has always had the ability to present what could be relatively dry material in such an engaging, honest, easy and interesting way. His programmes would be nothing without the extraordinary teams that are involved, but he has a gift for sure.

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    We've had a laugh, probably what we do best nowadays apart from selling coffee or financial derivatives whatever they are,

    But, I'm genuinely pleased. The right outcome I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitfield View Post
    You think democracy should trump common sense? (An increasingly appropriate verb, really, in the circumstances.)
    In this instance, yes... the rules were laid out... it was put to the vote, and then when someone didn't like it, they decided to change the rules.
    In the same way that Jedi is not regarded as an official religion in the UK, despite 370,000 people stating it in the 2001 census, thereby making it the 4th most popular answer. It's as plausible as any other answer, IMHO (but that's a whole other thread).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfugerbil View Post
    I'm with you on that. I was watching him very recently on the Galapagos programme he did and he has always had the ability to present what could be relatively dry material in such an engaging, honest, easy and interesting way. His programmes would be nothing without the extraordinary teams that are involved, but he has a gift passion for sure.
    EFC

    If you love what you do then it becomes easy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amnesia View Post
    In this instance, yes... the rules were laid out... it was put to the vote, and then when someone didn't like it, they decided to change the rules.
    Not quite fair, I think. They just invited suggestions from the public; they never said that the top suggestion would automatically be chosen.

    If people want more democratic digital engagement, but then send in lots of silly suggestions when engaged with, that makes me think perhaps they're not quite ready for more engagement.

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    Yes, they never said they would be bound.

    The right result although I have a slight wistful regret that if we'd gone through with 'Boaty' it would have made a very firm statement about British humour and confidence in ourselves as a nation.

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    They've named one of the rovers Boaty McBoatface

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisb View Post
    They've named one of the rovers Boaty McBoatface
    In the workshop they refer to it as Subby McSubface.

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    I quite agree and guessed that they wouldn't name the ship after the poll winning name.

    I think it's great that they're going to name one of the submarines boaty McBoatface though. :-)

    Can I suggest they name the other submarine (there will be two) Subby McSubface!!?


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    to be fair sense won out here these online polls are mainly voted on by teenagers who are just looking for a laugh . would have been an embarrassment to name the ship that . fitting that david attenborough would have a research ship named after him

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr noble View Post
    I quite agree and guessed that they wouldn't name the ship after the poll winning name.

    I think it's great that they're going to name one of the submarines boaty McBoatface though. :-)

    Can I suggest they name the other submarine (there will be two) Subby McSubface!!?

    Two subs?, are you sure they aren't ROV.?


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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    Two subs?, are you sure they aren't ROV.?


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    Technically, they're both submersibles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VDG View Post
    Technically, they're both submersibles.
    Well, I guess you will be happy riding a ROV to 1000ft instead of in a submarine then

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    Quote Originally Posted by VDG View Post
    Technically, they're both submersibles.
    Technically a stone is submersible too...

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    I was alluding to Subby McSubface as in submersible.. Anyway, Rovvy McRovface has a certain ring to it though and since all the cool names are already been taken ie Echo Voyager, Echo Chaser etc

    or or it can be a posh boat - Boatty Attenborough-McBoatface :))

    PS in any case enjoy..

    Last edited by VDG; 7th May 2016 at 17:28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordloz View Post
    Apparently a train guard renamed his train today on the displays etc.. as

    "Trainy mctrainface"


    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a6947831.html

    Got to love Britsh sense of humour we know how to p take better than anyone else....

    Looks like the Swedes have a better sense of humour as they've gone ahead and made their Trainy McTrainface official....

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-swedish-train


    "MTR Express said the McBoatface decision had led to disappointment worldwide and it hoped the name Trainy McTrainface would “be received with joy by many, not only in Sweden”.
    Last edited by benny.c; 25th July 2017 at 22:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    Two subs?, are you sure they aren't ROV.?


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    Apparently they are autonomous rather than remotely operated:



    ...and they work: Boaty McBoatface sheds light on warming ocean abyss

    The debut mission involving the autonomous submarine Autosub Long Range affectionately known as Boaty McBoatface has for the first time shed light on a key process linking increasing Antarctic winds to rising sea temperatures...


    See also this link to Boaty McBoatface for some more background.

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    Good work boaty mcboatface, savingbthe oceans one experiment at a time, this is just hilarious they were allowed to name it this but it started a trend of funny train names and snow ploughs and all sorts


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    Holy Thready McThreadrevival

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    Launch...link...in 2018.

    And today, the naming...link.

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