Remember Boaty McBoatface? When the United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) opened up online suggestions from the public to name a new ship, the poll was hijacked by an internet joke that got waaaay out of hand.
Well, it might happen all over again in Australia.
The Turnbull government launched its Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan on Wednesday, committing $255 million of funding over the next ten years "to enhance Australia’s Antarctic logistics and science capabilities."
A big part of that funding will go toward "the acquisition of a world-class icebreaker for resupply and multi-disciplinary science," which Prime Minister Turnbull said was "the largest ever investment by Australia in our Antarctic program."
That all sounds great, right? Well, over to you, Environment Minister Greg Hunt...
Minister Hunt: There will be a public campaign for naming the new icebreaker.— Antarctic Division (@AusAntarctic) April 27, 2016
A public poll! A public poll to name our new icebreaker boat! Oh Lordy Lordy Lordy... might we see 'Icy McIceFace'? 'Anty Mc AntarcticaFace'? 'Breaky McBreakFace'? Not if Greg Hunt has his way...
Minister Hunt: We will be avoiding a #BoatyMcBoatface situation with our icebreaker competition.— Antarctic Division (@AusAntarctic) April 27, 2016
We'll just see about that, won't we.
For more information on the Antarctic plan, see Antarctica.gov.au.Suggest a correction