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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    Boaty McBoatface

    I don't know about you, but whenever I want carefully considered opinions on any matter of importance my go-to source is always the internet. The internet tells it like it is and represents the heart and soul of humanity. As hard as it may be to believe, others, in fact, may think differently. Go figure.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35861444

    What is wrong with the name Boaty Mc Boatface? It brings a smile to your face just saying it. What more could a boat ask for?
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    I would be proud to serve on the RRS Boaty McBoatface. It displays the great respect the country has for it's people and the ability to name important things. Plus it shows we have inventive names, not the crap names the could have been selected like RRS Boat or RRS It's Bloody Cold Here.
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    Online naming polls are a horrible idea. Haven't people figured this out yet?
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink View post
    Online naming polls are a horrible idea. Haven't people figured this out yet?
    Apparently the United States Air Force has not....http://gizmodo.com/the-us-air-force-...the-1766261534

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    HEADLINE: This Is Why You Don't Ask the Internet to Name Things
    http://gizmodo.com/this-is-why-you-d...ngs-1766072675

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    Can we call the new bomber the Drumpf Dumper?
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    So giving things weird names is a "British Thing?"
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    The people have spoken. RRS Boaty McBoatface should stay.

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    Same thing happened at the University of North Dakota when they couldn't use the "Fighting Sioux" because it bad for the tribe.

    http://deadspin.com/what-should-the-...nam-1702176684



    There was a similar naming contest for William & Mary - their nickname was the Indians, which got changed to the "Tribe" which then was followed by the contest and named them the "Griffins" - there were several funny ones in that too.
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    Come on. How could you say no to this:

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    Off-topic:
    My dad's last ship in the Navy during WWII was laid down as USS Fortazela Bay, a Casablanca Bay class escort carrier (or a jeep in Navy terms). At some point, someone realized that her name was misspelled and should have read Fortaleza Bay, and her name was changed. (Virtually all the Casablancas were named after bays, BTW). Then someone in the Navy decided, nope, she's going to be named for the island/battle of Tulagi.

    Sailors will tell you changing the names of ships is bad luck. Tulagi made it safely through the war, but I bet there were aa bunch of nervous sailors aboard her.
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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Off-topic:
    My dad's last ship in the Navy during WWII was laid down as USS Fortazela Bay, a Casablanca Bay class escort carrier (or a jeep in Navy terms). At some point, someone realized that her name was misspelled and should have read Fortaleza Bay, and her name was changed. (Virtually all the Casablancas were named after bays, BTW). Then someone in the Navy decided, nope, she's going to be named for the island/battle of Tulagi.

    Sailors will tell you changing the names of ships is bad luck. Tulagi made it safely through the war, but I bet there were aa bunch of nervous sailors aboard her.
    I would be pissed if you changed my ship's name. It's a sin. Along with whistling and women who aren't topless (actual nautical superstition)
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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    I would be pissed if you changed my ship's name. It's a sin. Along with whistling and women who aren't topless (actual nautical superstition)

    This accounts for naked figureheads.
    Just saying.

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