Contest to name research ship goes awry

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What's in a name? A contest in England to name a new, state-of-the-art research vessel is getting some pretty outrageous entries. Thank you, internet.

The ship is a 300-million-dollar polar research vessel designed to break through sea ice. Officials asked people to submit inspirational names like historical figures or landmarks. However, the leading entry at the moment, with more than 26,000 votes online, is The RRS Boaty McBoatface. Other proposals include The RRS Usain Boat, in reference to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, and the RSS Ice Ice Baby.

The one serious entry, in a distant second place with about 3,000 votes, is The RRS Henry Worsley. Worsley was a British explorer who died earlier this year attempting a solo trek across Antarctica.

Thankfully, officials aren't beholden to whichever name gets the most votes

In 21019, the ship will sail for Antarctica, and, meanwhile, the naming contest runs through April.

Whichever entry wins, ask yourself: would a boat by any other name not still float?


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