We can't stop laughing — and it's all Boaty McBoatface's fault.
That ridiculous moniker has been making headlines thanks to a public plea from Britain's Natural Environment Research Council to come up with a name for its new $288 million polar research vessel. The internet suggested such fine candidates the RRS Henry Worsley, after the British explorer who passed away earlier this year, as well as the RRS David Attenborough, after the famed naturalist. And then came the entry of the RRS Boaty McBoatface which, as of this morning, has amassed an internet-approved 77,936 votes, 10 times more than its closest competition.
Boaty McBoatface is hilarious. And while the NERC is pleased with the worldwide attention it's gained from the poll, it's been quick to add that it will have the final say over the name.
In other words, Boaty McBoatface is as good as sunk.
Undeterred, the internet has decided to forge ahead and take an amusing stab at renaming animals in the spirit of McBoatface. Below are just a few of our favorites under the hashtag of #TheInternetNamesAnimals.