Sorry, Boaty fans: The Internet can’t always get what it wants

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Image of research vessel sporting name that will never be.

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No one laughed more than I did when the Internet stepped up and voted overwhelmingly to name a British research ship Boaty McBoatface. The suggested moniker still made me giggle days later.

But now comes word that the officials tasked with actually naming the ship are not that big on Boaty. From a story in the Guardian:

However, Jo Johnson, the science minister, signaled the government was preparing to activate its get-out clause. “The new royal research ship will be sailing into the world’s iciest waters to address global challenges that affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people, including global warming, the melting of polar ice and rising sea levels,” he said.

“That’s why we want a name that lasts longer than a social media news cycle and reflects the serious nature of the science it will be doing. There are many excellent suggestions among the 7,000 names put forward by members of the public and we’ll make a decision as to which one should be put forward for the royal warrant when we’ve had a chance to review them all.”

They want a name that lasts longer than a social media news cycle.

That seems perfectly reasonable.

But you can bet that Boaty will live on in our memories.

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