An Institute Let The Public Name Their £200m Ship And Are Living To Regret It

Holy ship.

The number one lesson that should be taught in primary schools is: never let the British public name anything. 

If you do, you might end up with a £200 million Royal Research Ship named RRS Boaty McBoatface.

The National Environment Research Council opened the naming to the public, allowing individuals to suggest potential names and then vote on them. 

RRS Boaty McBoatface was originally suggested by school communications manager James Hand, and is 13,000 votes ahead of the slightly-more-serious second place name, RRS Henry Worsley. 

Henry Worsley was an exlorer who died while attempting to trek the Antarctic in January. Boaty McBoatface was not. 

Our personal favourite has to be the seventh place suggestion, however, the mighty: RRS Pingu. 

You can vote for your favourite name here.

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