From Boaty McBoatface To Footy McFooty Face – Intelligent Inspired Creative Advice From The Internet

(Image Credit The Natural Environment Research Council/New York Times)

A wise person once commented computers, machines and the like will only be as inspired and intelligent as the wise humans who create, utilize and manage them.

At this point we should probably consider walking back enthusiasm towards receiving consistent, high-quality intelligence and inspiration from the Internet and, by extension, the human race.

At least when it comes to asking the Internet for creative advice.

Last Friday an investor group led by former U.S. National Soccer star Landon Donovan opened up a poll on their Soccer City San Diego Facebook page asking the Internet to select the ten best prospective names for their prospective Major League Soccer squad.

The name with the most votes at this writing is Footy McFooty Face.

By a wide margin.

If this has a familiar tone it comes as a result of your remembering last year the U.K.’s Natural Environment Research Council asked the Internet to come up with an intelligent, inspirational name for a multi-million dollar British Navy research ship.

The winning name was Boaty McBoatface.

By a wide margin.

No, the R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface is not going to be hitting the high seas anytime soon. The R.R.S. Sir David Attenborough (named after the famed naturalist) will be once it completes construction at a shipyard in Liverpool. However, one of three high-tech remote controlled yellow submarines just began its first mission a few days ago bearing the very name of Boaty McBoatface…and one of the “Boaty” trio may ultimately achieve the first-ever under-ice crossing of the Arctic Ocean.

(Image Credit The Natural Environment Research Council/The Guardian)

Indeed, the British Science Ministry threw cold water on the idea of having a $240 million-dollar vessel named Boaty McBoatface…agreeing instead to honor (?) three robot subs. They obviously decided completely rejecting the very Internet they solicited creative advice from was not the best case scenario.

The worst case scenario is of course the point here. How many more times will marketing and social media “experts” sacrifice themselves into the deep end of the Internet pool soliciting creative advice?

Consider within this decade alone:

Singer Justin Bieber’s people rejected the Internet’s selected destination for his next world tour – North Korea.

Austin, Texas officials passed on renaming their Solid Waste Services department the Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts (after the lead singer of the band Limp Bizkit).

Slovak officials balked on naming a pedestrian and cycling bridge near their border with Austria after action movie star Chuck Norris.

Mountain Dew drank in the early responses towards selecting a name for their new apple-flavored beverage and promptly pulled the plug on “Dub The Dew” after “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong” took the lead.

Many more examples exist. With recent ones resulting in the popularity of Boaty McBoatface and Footy McFooty Face…face it…humans still have not learned asking the Internet for creative input often brings more heartburn and humiliation than help.

On a couple of occasions those who solicited the Internet for its opinion did try to make lemonade from lemons:

The singer Pitbull actually went ahead and honored the Internet’s selection for a Walmart location to hold one of his concerts…in Kodiak, Alaska.

Singer Taylor Swift and her sponsors donated a combined $50,000 to Boston’s Horace Mann School for the Deaf after becoming the Internet’s selection to host one of her concerts. Each student was given a free ticket for her next local appearance.

And in the case of Boaty McBoatface not only do three submarines now bear that proud (?) moniker but the U.K.’s National Oceanography Centre has designed both cartoon and life-size inflatable versions to educate children about marine research.

(Image Credit The Natural Environment Research Council/Metro News)

The Internet was constructed by humans (not God or Amazon as was previously rumored). It only makes sense it would showcase the most superior intelligence humanity can offer…as well as display the wackiest, most mischievous, silliest and supremely outrageous behavior humanity can provide. When you ask open-ended creative advice of the Internet diverse feedback is logically what one should expect.

I do wonder since queries of the Internet continue maybe at least a couple of these marketing and social media “experts” are doing this on purpose. You know that old adage…there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Is it possible these examples of creative advice are precisely what they’re looking for by continuing to inquire of the Internet?

Nah, nobody’s that intelligent.


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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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96 Responses to From Boaty McBoatface To Footy McFooty Face – Intelligent Inspired Creative Advice From The Internet

  1. Just when I was going to post asking for general opinions…LOL

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  2. susurrus says:

    I might be wrong, but I think it was a marketing person who came up with Boaty MacBoatface.

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    • Spot on Susan! James Hand is a PR pro and former BBC employee who originally submitted Boaty. After watching in horror as it became a favored Internet choice he tweeted an apology of sorts…and subsequently voted for David Attenborough. 🙂

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  3. Quirky Girl says:

    I know The Biebs has fallen from grace in recent years, but sending him to North Korea seems a bit harsh. Some “fans”, huh?

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  4. I have very, censorious opinions on that Boaty name.
    And I am proud of them sir, by Gad sir!

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    • Roger, your opinions are welcome here anytime…censorable in nature or not!

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      • Thank you.
        I will say this about ‘that’ name.
        Britain was once a seafaring nation (which was had luck on those peoples we ‘discovered and ‘civilised). We were also an exploration nation (and naturally celebrate our magnificent failures- Scott of the Antarctic for instance). In short we had a heritage.
        We are an island.
        We no longer have a merchant marine fleet of our own.
        We have a navy so sized down it might be able to defend a 25 mile patch of coast line.
        And in one last gasp of our heritage we finally create a small fleet of maritime exploration devices, and what do we call one….
        A name which suggests it was thought up by six drunken first year college students….
        And here’s the nation with a substantial part of the population that thinks Brexit is a good idea.
        Hurrrrumph sir! I say….Hurrrrrumph!

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  5. Belinda O says:

    My dad spent the bulk of his career as a computer programmer for IBM, and he always told me, “don’t blame the computers, blame the people that programmed them!”

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    “The Internet was constructed by humans (not God or Amazon…”

    I think I will start worrying about us as a species if we ever outgrow being silly. Thanks for the update on Boaty McBoatface – I love that name.

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  7. I did my civic duty by voting for Footy McFooty Face – I didn’t want to pass that chance up. There is a lot of non-humor in the world. It’s nice to see that people can still enjoy themselves!

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  8. leggypeggy says:

    Thank goodness Boaty McBoatface is being used to promote marine research.

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  9. Jay says:

    Yes, and I think you could put last year’s election on this “people are idiots” list – letting idiots decide is not really the best approach.

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  10. masgautsen says:

    Oh my. At least Boaty is now used for something good. When the internett gives you lemons.. .

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  11. I’m guessing this is why the NBA took away fan voting in the All-Star Game?

    Does that mean we can also rescind Yao Ming’s Hall of Fame induction?

    P.S. J-Dub was the only one to really vote for Dub the Dew. He just did so 1,000 times.

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    • Chris, I recall when we’d go to the ballpark and punch out hanging chads for our all-stars…wondering if someone was stuffing the ballot boxes. Now many of these votes, polls, etc. are done on phones and PC’s and we’re even more skeptical of results. Your point about Hall of Fame elections is an interesting one. If enough voters like a “Boaty” type player there’s no check-and-balance to keep that person from getting in.


  12. spearfruit says:

    Great post Bruce! I like Boaty McBoatface, and am glad it is being used for a positive reason. I think we need more light-hearted and fun names in the world – they certainly bring a smile to my face. Have a great week my friend. 🙂

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    • Terry, I do like Boaty McBoatface now that they’ve turned it into a teaching tool. It admittedly is hard to not smile when saying that name and we sure can use a few more smiles these days. Thanks…and you have a great week as well! 🙂

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  13. Samantha says:

    Loved this post! :’) I think I cried a little from laughing too loud, hahaha.

    The problem is people pose open questions, why not make a selection of some of your business’ good ideas for a name and then turn it into a multiple choice question? If you ask me, they all deserved to have the most stupid, idiotic idea opted by internet trolls to win.

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    • So true Samantha. The way to do this is to put out a group of selections and then let the masses have at it. Write-in, open-ended voting is counter-productive. One should offer choices proactively so one can live with the results. People still will feel like they had a say…and glad you had a few laughs today! 🙂

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  14. George says:

    And the moral of the story is…..:)

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  15. aFrankAngle says:

    At least the British Science Minister has a sense of humor. On a related note, although I don’t think it is true, I had heard that when Stanford wanted to change its nickname from Indians, the students voted for Thunderchickens … (now that’s a nickname) … then again, I don’t think it’s true.

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    • Frank, Ye Olde Internet reveals back in the early 70’s during Stanford’s “Rose Bowl years” their defense was nicknamed the Thunderchickens after a motorcycle gang in Montana one of the d-linemen knew of. Indeed when the Indians nickname had to go there apparently was a Thunderchicken movement afoot. (Footy McFooty Face may actually be better than Thunderchickens…)


  16. I gave up soliciting opinions from the internet when I heard trolls had finally taken it over. On the other hand in reference to that last comment, I liked the idea that Stanford considered Thunderchickens for a nickname. That would have been as unique as the Stanford marching band! While we’re at it, Bruce, I should mention my brackets for March Madness took a beating. However, one of my picks did make it to the final four. Go, Gonzaga! And curse you bracket buster, Villanova. Oh… and farewell fair weather, Raiders. Another NFL city (Oakland) bites the dust. Although, this might be the greatest example of a money grab by an NFL team ever! Not that I’m a Raider fan mind you.

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    • Paul, I love that band…as well as the Stanford Tree. They know how to have a good time. My bracket of integrity had done. I have North Carolina winning it all but they are my only FF team. Still happy to see who the Final Four turned out to be. NFL – we have a radio station that started calling the 49ers the Santa Clara 49ers over this relocation nonsense. I read somewhere when those owners raised their hands to vote for the Las Vegas Raiders move each one made $47.5 mil in relocation fees. That’s got to be two or three times more than the current ownership in SF paid for their team. You are correct sir – the greatest example of a money grab by an NFL team ever. It’s significantly more “fun” when you get others’ money instead of using your own!


      • LOL That’s so true. I wanna do that—use other people’s money rather than my own—but I can’t seem to find anyone who will let me use their abundant cash flow. Vegas is a fun place, no doubt about it, and the Raiders will pull in even more money for Las Vegas and its community, and I can’t blame the people of Vegas for wanting that. The NFL will make out big time with a probable Super Bowl, and ratings will go up every time the Raiders are at home on national television. A match made in heaven the Raiders, Las Vegas, and the NFL on television. However, loyalty to an NFL franchise, whose identity by the way is so closely linked to Oakland (despite the Raider Nation being so widespread due to the distinct Silver and Black costuming and L.A. connection as well—took a major hit. The NFL and their hollow platitudes about working hard to keep the team in Oakland just ring empty, while their bank accounts are about to become even more flush with cash. Everything is about money (but that’s the only way to survive in this world) and that’s why the Raiders are moving—not to mention why our world is in such a mess. Those who have want more and their power from the money they have helps to satisfy their self-serving greedy self-interest. Is it any wonder people are becoming more and more about themselves? When they see all the benefits that come from actions of the rich and powerful (banks, Congress, The President, the NFL) by simply throwing others (who don’t have much and are at their mercy) under the bus, they reason “Hell why not, everyone else is doing it.” Okay, I’m climbing down off my soapbox. Sorry about that, Bruce.

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        • Great thoughts Paul! The situation with the NFL does reflect society in general. I read that up until now NFL employees and officials couldn’t even VISIT Vegas during the season and had to notify the league if they were going there in the off-season. My how times change…when money changes hands.


  17. J-Dub says:

    This is why San Diego is a terrible sports town. This is why that city has lost 3 pro basketball franchises (the Rockets and the Clippers of the NBA and the Conquistadors/Sails of the ABA), just lost the Chargers, have never taken the Padres seriously, and the NHL would die faster there that it will in Las Vegas.

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  18. Steph McCoy says:

    Thanks for the laughs Bruce. Sadly I must admit I hadn’t heard the saga of Boaty McBoatface until your post then a subsequent Google search. It seems there’s a direct correlation between increasingly advanced technology and zombies. Just my two cents.

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    • Steph, thank you for pointing out that correlation between technology and zombies. I have often found myself wondering these days just what technology has actually “bought” us. Always pros and cons in the name of “advancement.”

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      • Steph McCoy says:

        Yes, just like these social networks providing a voice to everyone. Don’t get me wrong I love technology but in the wrong hands it can be scary. Believing everything that’s posted on the internet is a huge sore point for me and then people add to it by spreading nonsense without reading, or more importantly researching.

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  19. reocochran says:

    This cracked me up, Bruce! So hilarious that the names are just not worthy of their uses. The Boaty name would be “cute” for the Submarine, though.
    The Chuck Norris bridge wouldn’t be so bad nor Limp Bizkit persons name used for a solid waste services place.
    Not worthy of commenting on sports, although I am not crazy about my hometown team of the Indians using Chief Wahoo. The strange buck teeth on a Native American seems just wrong. . . I will come back to read the news from comments. 🙂 😀

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    • Glad you got a few laughs over here Robin. As for Chief Wahoo I can’t for the life of me understand why that continues to “hang around.” It’s not like the Indians will lose fans if they lose that image.

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      • reocochran says:

        Bruce, I saw on CBS Sunday Morning shoe a 13 year old boy who has almost no arms who in Boca Raton made a high school basketball team!Since you are my sports guy friend, I thought I would tell you he made two 3 point shots for his team. So heartwarming and motivating. Showed it to my grandson’s today. Take it easy!Happy Sunday to you.

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  20. The name works for the cartoon version.

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  21. haha i really enjoyed this. I guess with all that we hear about the internet being vicious and vile, it has its mischievous, fun and kind side too. Much like the minds behind it.

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  22. 😂😂😅 wow!

    And where have you been??
    I haven’t seen you on my WordPress feed..
    I was worried!😐

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  23. erinb9 says:

    I can understand why Boaty McBoatface won because I would also have voted for Boaty McBoatface. The marketers clearly underestimated the snark levels a multimillion dollar boat project would generate in the average citizen, lol.

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    • Erin, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen similar “contests” since this scenario… albeit on a much smaller, local scale. Marketers far and wide seem to feel the Internet is a viable place for quality feedback. Maybe they think the snark levels when multiple choice isn’t the choice will subside at some point. I have my doubts. 🙂

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      • erinb9 says:

        Haha, no… the internet is a cesspit of people acting out in ways they can’t in polite society, as wasteland of intellectual vandalism and ego experimentation. Maybe it will calm down in another 30 years after everyone gets enough snark out of their system 😉

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  24. I like the nickname Footy… lol. In some ways if company’s or individuals put stuff out on social media to receive feedback you really have to plan on getting weird, or humorous stuff in return.. Life lesson it ain’t all that serious .. It seems the boat name was creatively problem solved by utilizing a cute fun character… but in all seriousness I do not ask for creative advice online, I never randomly ask just anyone about a creative project or endeavor.. I rely on myself , family or a trusted creative friend.. Great post interesting indeed!

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  26. jamesblog975 says:

    Great post. Engaging with the public, primarily over the internet is always a dicey proposition – especially when asking for input/advice. Although public opinion polls and naming contests are nothing new, the internet and social media’s role cannot be understated. Once an opinion campaign gets caught in the crosswinds of Twitter or Facebook a well intentioned attempt at generating public input on an issue can be taken off of the rails.

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  27. Jennie says:

    Great post. Perhaps my preschoolers could take over the internet on opinions. After all, Pinchy (hermit crab) and Brownie (guinea pig) are clever. Right? LOL.

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  28. Troy says:

    Hope all is well, Bruce! Missing your posts.

    Off-topic question: what’s a real cheesesteak?

    You might ban me forever, but I ain’t a Cheese Whiz man. I like the bell pepper (+ hot peppers + mushrooms + maybe hot sauce), onion, provolone combo! Does that get me denied entry to anywhere near Philly?

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    • Troy, all is well here and trust you are doing well there. There has always been spirited debate in our area as to what is the TRUE cheesesteak. The ingredients you list don’t necessarily exclude you from entry…provided you at least try some of that Cheese Whiz on the side. 🙂

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  29. Dutch Lion says:

    Hey Bruce, I miss your writing. I hope you’re doing well. Looking forward to your next post. Thanks, Reid

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  30. Bruce, I am hoping that this comment finds you well. Just a bit curious, as I haven’t seen much from your blog of late—as I to am one of those folks who also takes extended breaks away from my blog as well. ‘O)

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    • Paul, I am doing well and trust you are also. I have once again taken some significant time off from WP. I’m not sure what the future holds for my blogging “career” but it was great to hear from ya this week. All the best to you and yours as a New Year begins! 🙂

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      • Thank you, Bruce. As for breaks, I take long stretches off all the time myself. I figure my blog will always be there when I return and I think that’s one of the nice things about having a blog. No deadlines! Just post when you wanna do so. All the same, I’m very happy to hear you’re doing well. Oh… and congratulations on the Eagles victory over the Falcons! ‘O)

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  31. Ask advice from the internet and consider the source – who the heck has time to stay tuned in to it all the time – much less respond? Gads – even the local “news” stations trying to “engage” viewers (UGH) are asking and worse reading comments on air.
    Great to see ya again!
    Eagles were amazing!

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    • Great to see ya as well, Karen! It’s funny as study after study concludes humans can’t multi-task well at all we’re bombarded with all this “stuff” that supposedly needs our attention all at once.


  32. pjlazos says:

    But I love the name Boaty McBoat face!

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  33. Jay says:

    I wonder how ole Boaty is doing?

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  34. Roxie says:

    Hahaha, wise like foxes, I think you’re right! Hmmm has McDonald’s permeated our culture so we add mc to stuff?

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  35. How did I miss this one? HAHA
    Hope you’re snug and warm for Thanksgiving

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  36. Breakthrough Veil says:

    Sounds about right!

    Liked by 1 person

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