Running an online poll can be dangerous

The decision to allow people on the internet to have their say in anything has backfired again, this time on the Natural Environment Research Council, which is currently running an online poll to name its new £200m Antarctic research ship, set to be launched in 2019.

However, along with more sensible suggestions such as the David Attenborough, or the Henry Worsley – the Antarctic explorer who sadly died earlier this year – the great British public’s preferred choice is to name the vessel the Boaty McBoatface.

According to the Guardian, also are in the running are Its Bloody Cold Here, What Iceberg, Captain Haddock, Big Shipinnit, Science!!! and Big Metal Floaty Thingy-thing.

Of course it would be outrageously inappropriate for Downtime to even suggest that you take part in the poll, which can be found here, in order to ensure that the boat is indeed named Boaty McBoatface.

Or to suggest that it should, in fact be named the Computer Weekly.

We’d never do a thing like that.

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