Here's what we learned today: Boaty McBoatface will continue to live on - but not as a £200 million research ship.
Instead, our dear old Boaty will explore the polar seas as a yellow submarine while the research ship sails into the ocean as Sir David Attenborough.
-- NERC (@NERCscience) May 6, 2016
Which raises this *important* question:
..and what's the point in naming the sub #BoatyMcBoatface? Surely that should be Subby McSubface?
-- Sally (@manicrose1984) May 6, 2016
And this one:
-- (500) Days of GIF's (@lawrencegritt) May 6, 2016
The internet is *officially* mourning the death of democracy...
#BoatyMcBoatface is the UK's Nice treaty! People: "We vote THIS!" Gov: "Great!.. It's just... well we don't like it, so vote again!"
-- Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) May 6, 2016
-- D. Davidson-Amadi (@TheSplinterCell) May 6, 2016
What do you mean it's not going to be called a #BoatyMcBoatface ?? ?????
-- Harry Leverment (@HJSLeverment) May 6, 2016
The government flatly rejected
A candidate fairly elected,
Ignoring the vote base
For Boaty McBoatface,
And leaving us all disaffected.
-- Mick Twister (@twitmericks) May 6, 2016
Democracy died the day they refused to name that boat #BoatyMcBoatface
-- Charles F Purcell (@CharlesFPurcell) May 6, 2016
... while at the same time grieving over the death of our beloved Boaty McBoatface.
Sad news out of the UK today
RIP in peace RRS #BoatyMcBoatface you were to be the boat that didnt afraid of anything
-- Ross George (@Rosstopher223) May 6, 2016
But desperate times call for desperate measures... so someone has launched a petition on Change.org, asking Sir David Attenborough to change his name to Boaty McBoatface.
If David Attenborough has any respect for democracy he must quickly change his name to #BoatyMcBoatface
-- Joe Dharampal-Hornby (@Joe_DH) May 6, 2016
-- Tom Holder (@tomholder) May 6, 2016
Sir David Attenborough needs to change his name to 'Sir David BoatyMcBoatface' that'll solve all our problems #BoatyMcBoatface
-- Adam Minns (@Minnsy1984) May 6, 2016
The only honourable thing now is for Attenborough to legally change his name to #BoatyMcBoatface
-- Dan Bridge (@thedanbridge) May 6, 2016
All that needs to happen is that David Attenborough change his name to #BoatyMcBoatface and we'll ALL be happy...
-- Dek Hogan (@dekhogan) May 6, 2016
In fairness though, everyone is going to refer to the boat as #BoatyMcBoatface anyway, regardless of the official name
-- Becca D (@BeccaJD12) May 6, 2016
All hail the power of the internet.