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Naming (un)conventions

Never underestimate the creative ingenuity and all-round insouciance of the general public. First, the backstory:

A few years ago, Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council announced a competition to name a new research vessel.  Given the sense of humor of the British public, it was perhaps not surprising that the winner – by a very large margin – was “Boaty McBoatface“.  Horrified at such unseemly (and un-bureaucratic) levity, the Council stiffly announced that the ship would be christened David Attenborough, but in recognition of public opinion, one of its remotely controlled submersible vehicles would be named according to the popular poll.  Wikipedia notes:  “Observers of contemporary culture coined the term ‘McBoatfacing’, defined as ‘making the critical mistake of letting the internet decide things’.”

One suspects the Ohio Turnpike Commission might have had that example in mind when they announced the winners of their second annual “Name-a-snowplow” competition.

Now, the winners.

Ctrl-Salt-Delete by Nicole G.

Blizzard Wizard by Jacqueline F.

Plow Chicka Plow Wow by Joshua K.

You’re Killin’ Me Squalls by Linda V.

The Big LePlowski by Matthew S.

The Blizzard of Oz by Annette B.

Ohio Thaw Enforcement by Jonathan H.

Clearopathtra by Samantha S.

One plow at each of the turnpike’s eight maintenance buildings will get one of the names. That includes the Amherst, Boston and Hiram facilities as well as others in Erie, Fulton, Mahoning, Ottawa and Williams counties.

Each winner will receive a $100 cash gift card, according to a news release. The commission got more than 5,500 entries between Oct. 24 and Nov. 20. The top 50 were put up for a public vote which ended Dec. 2 with more than 1,100 votes cast.

Heh. I love it. Back over to Peter for the wrap-up.

Good on the Turnpike Authority for letting the public join in the fun, and for selecting amusing names that will make people smile. There’s all too little of that from ponderous public authorities these days.

Ain’t THAT the sad, sorry truth.

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Grandma Got Run Over By A Snowplow.

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