There was a poll for what to name the new British Natural Environment Research vessel and the public showed their crushingly strong opinion to name it Boaty McBoatface, a name the United Kingdom’s government wasn’t too fond of as they declined the public’s preference and made a move to name the vessel on their own, calling it the R. S. S. David Attenborough in homage to the great man we all know.

On the other hand, people didn’t like the switch and accuse the United Kingdom’s bureaucrats to lack a sense of humor and demand that Sir David Attenborough change his name to Boaty McBoatface, and yes we’re talking about the real person this time as the petition floods the internet in search for backers to this dorky change.

The petition follows the fine tradition of interventions, like the one to rename Stephen Harper to Calgary International Airport.

The new polar research vessel has now got a name that wasn’t the vote of the public, and although the homage to the great man is recognized as valid, people want to have Sir David Attenborough change his name, even if just briefly, to show the people their opinions matter and that they do have a voice and say.

You can find the petition and support this idea if you think it will help reflect the will of the people by going to the Petition Site online, to sign your written support to have the Boaty McBoatface name finally given to someone.

Only time will tell if the petition succeeds, but that is a news that we will be alert for.




He was born in California, US. He graduated from California University with a degree in Computer Sciences, and now works for Reuters and running this Weekly Newspaper. Alongside his day jobs in Reuters, McDonald is also broadcasting a Weekly Gazette.