Although it sounds like our hopes and dreams of a Royal Research Vessel being named Boaty McBoatface may be dashed – its spirit lives on.
In spite of a whopping 30,000 people voting for the name in an online poll, the spoilsport competition rules state that the final selection will be decided by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
— NERC (@NERCscience) March 18, 2016
Lord West, ex-First Sea Lord, added he was rather proud of the ‘silly names’ that had been suggested but hoped none were chosen.
However, all is not lost as the competition seems to have inspired South West trains to rename one of its carriages ‘Trainy McTrainface’, reports the Huffington Post.
Bravo the member of South West staff at Waterloo. Trainy McTrainface. pic.twitter.com/REY9lCP6jx
— Harry Wallop (@hwallop) March 22, 2016
Amused commuters reported the name was flashing on travel information screens with one tweeting: “Bravo the member of South West staff at Waterloo.”
Brilliantly, it’s not just the train company that’ve caught on to the hype. BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davis signed off Monday evening’s programme as ‘Newsy McNewsnight’.
@RizLateef Evan Davis just signed off Newsnight with Newsy McNewsnight.
— Darren Maggs (@DarrenMaggs) March 21, 2016
And ‘Bomby McBombface’ is reportedly leading a U.S Air Force poll to rename a new fighter jet:
Let’s hope that the NERC will have to bow to overwhelming public pressure and with any luck we will soon see the RMS Boaty McBoatface flying her flag on the high seas. Go on…