Australia 'brings a smile' with Ferry McFerryface, but not everyone gets the joke

From Reuters - November 13, 2017

SYDNEY (Reuters) - In the grand tradition of Britains Boaty McBoatface, Australian authorities are christening one of the ferries crossing Sydneys world famous harbour Ferry McFerryface, but some union workers arent amused.

The New South Wales state government announced the name for one of its six new ferries on Tuesday after a public vote, withTransport Minister Andrew Constance deeming it one for the kids.

Ferry McFerryface was actually the second choice in the Australian poll, behind Boaty McBoatface, the name also chosen by the British public in a 2016 vote to name a new polar research vessel.

The British government overturned that vote, instead naming the vessel after leading naturalist David Attenborough, but failed to stem an internet craze that led to temporary copycats like Trainy McTrainface and Firey McFireface.

The name Boaty McBoatface eventually went to a research vessel on board the David Attenborough.

Australian authorities said they planned to comply with the public vote, albeit passing on Boaty as the first choice, given the lack of originality.


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