5 Reasons to Never Trust the Internet

Don’t worry, this is not a Rick Roll. Just recently Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) asked for the public’s assistance in choosing a name for its $300 million polar research ship scheduled to set sail in 2019. The “Name Our Ship” campaign may have been created to foster the public’s interest in the ambitious scientific project, but instead it resulted in the Internet deciding the boat should be named, “Boaty McBoatface.” Unfortunately the NERC has already decided to veto the name which many say demonstrates why democracy doesn’t work. On the Geek Versus Week podcast we always come back to “who would let the internet name anything?”  This isn’t the first time the ‘net steered us wrong, and we doubt it will be the last.  In fact, here are 5 Reasons You Should Never Trust Internet:

  1. Because the web tried to make the New Zealand flag a kiwi shooting a laser beam from its eye.
  2. Because the web named a whale “Mr. Splashy Pants”
  3. Because the web named Rick Astley the Best Musical Act Ever.
  4. Because the web named a Mountain Dew Drink “Hitler did nothing wrong.”
  5. Because the web named a Solid Waste Department in Austin Texas, “Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts”

So come on world!  Unless you’re going to provide specific choices, do not let the internet name anything!Let us know in the comments: What other funny internet naming stories have you seen? Subscribe to the Geek Versus Week podcast in your favorite app, or click below to hear more about Boaty McBoatface, and yet another interesting naming debacle.  

Tony P. Henderson

Tony P. Henderson is a well traveled army brat who loves comedy and geek culture. After a stint in Los Angeles testing video games, performing comedy, and background acting Tony moved back to Georgia and hasn’t missed a Dragon Con since.

What Are Your Thoughts?