Scientists asked the Internet to name their new polar research ship, so naturally 'Boaty McBoatface' is in the lead.
Letting the Internet make decisions for you has never been a good idea, which is a lesson the U.K.'s National Environment Research Council (NERC) learned the hard way after an online poll to name their $290 million research vessel has resulted in "Boaty McBoatface" leading the second place pick ("Henry Worsley") by 24,000 votes to 3,000, according to NBC. U.K. Science Minister Jo Johnson explained the contest's purpose in a press release:
Can you imagine one of the world's biggest research labs traveling to the Antarctic with your suggested name proudly emblazoned on the side? The polar research ship represents a leap forward in securing Britain's place as a world leader in marine and climate change science - and illustrates this government's commitment to invest in research facilities on a record scale.
With the eyes of the world on this ship, this campaign will give everyone across the UK the opportunity to feel part of this exciting project and the untold discoveries it will unearth.