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Introducing Ferry McFerryface

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

When the British Science Ministry invited the public to help name a new research ship, Boaty McBoatface won an Internet poll.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And that name inspired imitators around the world. Sweden now has Trainy McTrainface. Australia has Horsey McHorseface.

MARTIN: In Australia, the Government of New South Wales ran yet another online poll to name Sydney Harbor's new ferry. Boaty McBoatface won again.

INSKEEP: OK. So this is actually getting old. We've come back to the same name again. But since the name was taken, authorities went with the second choice.

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Please welcome Ferry McFerryface.

MARTIN: Ferry McFerryface. Andrew Constance, the transport minister, is all for it.

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ANDREW CONSTANCE: Ferry McFerryface. Look, it's going to be great for kids, great for grandparents to go down there and get selfies with their littlies (ph).

INSKEEP: (Laughter) Littlies. Paul Garrett of the shipworkers union does not appreciate the humor, though.

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PAUL GARRETT: The Transport Ministry demonstrated to me that he treats public transport as a joke. Just wondering why Sydney Harbor has to suffer a secondhand joke from the U.K.

MARTIN: We do not know if the name is going to stick.

INSKEEP: But we will bring you updates right here on Morning McMorningface.

MARTIN: Did you just say that?

INSKEEP: I did.

MARTIN: That's awful.

INSKEEP: Yeah, but desperate times call for desperate measures, Rachel.

MARTIN: I am not that desperate.

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THE WEEKND: (Singing) I can't feel my face when I'm with you, but I love it, but I love it. Oh. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.