Planet McPlanetface: NASA Unwisely Asks Twitter to Name New Planets
Other suggestions included Moonie McMoonface and the names of 'Friends' characters.
NASA has crowd-sourced names for planets in the newly discovered solar system Trappist-1, but all has not gone to plan.
We all remember a similar incident last year, when the Natural Environment Research Council asked voters to come up a name for a research vessel – and the majority settled, hilariously, on Boaty McBoatface.
And NASA may have to take a similar tactic, as cads on social media have offered a selection of gloriously daft names for the Trappist-4 solar system. The planets in the solar system are currently called Trappist-1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 1g, and 1h.
We think you’ll agree that they’re in dire need of sexing up a bit. But when when the space agency tweeted, “#7NamesFor7NewPlanets?”, the responses were not quite what they expected. They are brilliant, though.
Luckily Alex Jones from The One Show didn’t get a similar response when she invited viewers to name her baby!
Overall, the debacle just goes to show that you can always trust the general public to give you a bit of a giggle. Never change, the internet.
Luscas did a great job
@NASA rachel monica phoebe chandler joey ross and janice— luscas (@luscas) February 24, 2017
Patrick was a close second
@NASA— Patrick Miranda (@patrisck) February 24, 2017
While @idiocracy won the game
Planet McPlanetface— Idiotcracy (@idiotcracy) February 24, 2017