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Boaty McBoatface lives! Sort of...

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The RRS David Attenborough (PHOTO: Twitter/NERC) The RRS David Attenborough (PHOTO: Twitter/NERC)
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The sad saga of Boaty McBoatface has come to an end, and although supporters didn't get exactly what they wanted, they got a nice consolation prize: Boaty will live on.

Earlier this year, The Natural Environment Research Council decided (made the mistake?) to let the internet name their brand new $300 million research vessel. The results are exactly what you expected from the internet. "Ice Ice Baby," "It's Bloody Cold Here," "Usain Boat," "Not the Titanic," and "I'm the Captain Now," from Captain Phillips were some of the suggestions thrown out by Twitter. But there was one name, one name that stood alone. One name that the internet rallied behind. There was only one name the world wanted to see on that boat: Boaty McBoatface. 

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It was not to be. Democracy has no place in a Twitter name battle. NERC was not having any of it. 

Wanting to go with a more traditional name, you know one that honors someone worthy, NERC finally decided the name will be RRS Sir David Attenborough. If it couldn't be Boaty, Sir David certainly is a worthy recipient of the honor. He has probably the most famous voice on the planet. You know him from is perfect narration of nature shows. And most recently Adele's "Hello" video. 

So Attenborough apparently won the electoral college. But what about Boaty? Boaty had 124,000 votes! He won the popular vote! While not the namesake of a massive $300 ship, Boaty will live on as NERC announced the RRS David Attenborough's high-tech remotely operated undersea vehicle (read: submarine) will operate under the name Boaty McBoatface.  

NERC said among the many reasons Boaty was not chosen for the big ship, perhaps the most important was that they ship would be operated in dangerous waters. If the worst were to happen, such as it sinking, family and loved ones might not find the fact that their family members went down on Boaty McBoatface so amusing. 

“The public provided some truly inspirational and creative names, and while it was a difficult decision I’m delighted that our state-of-the-art polar research ship will be named after one of the nation’s most cherished broadcasters and natural scientists," NERC said. "This vessel will carry the Attenborough name for decades to come, as it fulfils its mission to explore the oceans and put Britain at the forefront of efforts to preserve our precious marine environment.”

The RSS Sir David Attenborough will set sail in 2019, along with state-of-the-art equipment and onboard laboratories to help our understanding of the effect of climate change on the Antarctic Ocean's climate and ecosystems. With Boaty McBoatface helping, of course. 

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