Illustration via Max Fleishman

The science community responds to Boaty McBoatface

Scientists are so clever

 

Cynthia McKelvey

Internet Culture

Published Mar 22, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 1:32 am CDT

In response to the Internet’s tenacious efforts to name a British research vessel Boaty McBoatface, scientists began to apply the naming convention to objects in space.

It started out innocently enough… 

Soon other members of “Space Twitter” joined in.

https://twitter.com/mirikramer/status/712009349674221568

But then Biology Twitter swooped in and took over. With GIFs.

But Space Twitter wasn’t about to back down.

https://twitter.com/LonelyProbe/status/712084753231392769

Meanwhile, both groups were having fun with the memes.

https://twitter.com/LonelyProbe/status/712089262154489856

But the war raged on.

Space Twitter didn’t have a response that we could find. But it seems scientist Rob O’ Sullivan, who started the #TheInternetNamesAnimals meme was a good sport about it.

People are still tweeting on both hashtags, but we think the blue-footed booby had the last laugh.

Illustration by Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Mar 22, 2016, 5:23 pm CDT