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    Ship-Naming Contest Backfires

    They’re rocking the boat. Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council plans to launch a $300 million vessel to Antarctica, and they’ve asked the public to choose its name online. But Internet balloting isn’t always smooth sailing — after all, a Mountain Dew contest once generated names like “Hitler did nothing wrong” for a new drink — which explains how “RRS Boaty McBoatface” is steaming ahead by over 21,000 votes. In second place? “Henry Worsley,” after a famed explorer who died recently — and who many hope can catch up before the April 16 deadline.

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