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boats names people The Naming of a $290 Million Research Ship Was Left to the Public Who Came up With "RRS Boaty McBoatface"
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Scientists in the UK asked the public to vote on a name for their $290 million polar research ship. Because people are awful (or awesome, depending on your point of view) the name at the top of the list is none other than "RRS Boaty McBoatface". 


via @NERCscience

Ah, such a fitting name for such a grand ship. You can watch this video for details on the construction and groundbreaking advancements of the soon to be RRS Boaty McBoatface:



Honestly, they'll probably pick one of the more serious suggestions as this naming poll is in no way binding.  However, at this point they'll probably be facing some backlash if they don't. 


via @Dovil

The people REALLY want Boaty Mc Boatface. 

85,000 people changed their name last year in the UK. It's surprisingly easy to change your name there, it costs £33 for an adult and you can use any name that has a first and last name, isn't vulgar or impossible to pronounce and doesn't have a made up title or any numbers or symbols. That leaves a lot to work with which is why these wonderful names are now legally acceptable, real names of real people.

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Worried you might subject your kid to unnecessary ridicule by giving them a needlessly unique name, or that their peers may hate them simply because you picked the "Jim Bob" of this generation? Spare them the torment by avoiding these "trashy" names as described by Redditors around the globe in response to the question "What name is considered to be trashy in your country?"

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Isis nutella names Nutella Refused to Customize a Jar of Nutella for a Little Girl Named Isis
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ISIS has come to be known as a terrorist group but before that Isis was an Egyptian goddess who brought her brother/husband Osiris back to life after he was murdered. It's also the name of a five-year-old Australian girl who really wants her name on a jar of Nutella. 

The company Ferrero Australia started a campaign called “Make Me Yours” which allowed people to add their names to jars of Nutella. Allowing the internet to brand your product went predictably wrong.  Department stores, such as the Meyer Isis's mom tried to buy from, are unable to print everything submitted. It might have something to do with gems like this one:


via @JayBattestelli

For the mom of this little girl, being denied a personalized jar of sweet, hazelnut chocolate spread is the last straw in a long line of unforseen consequences cause by the unfortunate name.  She told the Sydney Morning Herald, "I am starting to get to the point where I don't want to call her name out because she's going to start noticing people looking."

Now she's on a mission to reclaim the name. 

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Is your name Elizabeth Gallagher? Do you live in Canada? No plans for Christmas?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then you could win a free trip around the world with this guy.

Toronto resident and recently eligible bachelor, Jordan Axani, decided that since he couldn't change the name on the tickets originally booked for his ex-girlfriend, so he would reach out on Reddit to anyone with the same name and offer it to her instead.

Here are the details of the trip from his Reddit post, just in case you aren't entire ready to spend several intimate weeks abroad with a complete stranger.

Some ground rules:

I am not looking for anything in return. I am not looking for companionship, romance, drugs, a trade, or to take selfies with you in front the Christmas Market in Prague. If you feel compelled to toss me a couple hundred bucks, great. Really the only thing I ask for is that you enjoy this trip and that it bring you happiness.

We can travel together and see some cool stuff - or not. I'm easy and have no problem with someone taking the tickets and doing their own thing (see ya on the plane!). Embracing the spontaneity of life is more my thing, though, so if you want to travel together (and are not an axe murder) I'm likely game.

This is for the flights only. In the wake of the breakup I have deferred all further planning for the trip. No hotels, trains or anything have been booked. You're on your own, bucko. Having said that, I will buy the first round of vino at JFK upon departure.

We can totally stay in India a couple days longer. Long story, but if we can come to agreement the airline can push back the return flight on both tickets (it's both or nothin') with no charge.

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Make sure to turn on the English captions.

In most east Asian households married people rarely refer to each other by their actual names. Instead they use designations for the role in the family. This is why it is so strange when each woman hears their name.

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