Gary Jackson, we salute you. Following the gut-wrenching news that the UK’s new £200 million polar research ship will be named RRS Sir David Attenborough rather than Boaty McBoatface -- Solon and Pericles would be ashamed -- he’s set up a new petition calling for everyone’s favourite naturalist to change his name.
But what to? You’ve guessed it.
“The public want the UK's new polar research ship to be named Boaty McBoatface, but it will instead will be named after the revered naturalist and thoroughly lovely bloke Sir David Attenborough,” reads the petition description on -- where else? -- Change.org. “Wouldn’t it be great if Sir David changed his name to Sir Boaty McBoatface in the interest of democracy and humour?” It has 182 supporters at the time of writing.
It’s exactly what the great man would have wanted to hear just a couple of days ahead of his 90th birthday. He’s not yet responded to the new campaign, but we live in hope.
Oh, and while the ship itself, which is set to sail in 2019, won't be called Boaty McBoatface, one of its remotely-operated sub-sea vehicles will be known as Boaty. An alternative name of Subby McSubface is already gaining support on social media. [i100]