A Vote For Mister Splashy Pants Is A Vote For Freedom!
DEC 6 - UPDATE! Mister Splashy Pants is up to 78% AND Greenpeace now has cute MSP merch!
OK: So, Greenpeace is holding a contest to name a Humpback whale to raise awareness on such things: Whales, whaling, pollution, the usual cast of characters. 11,000 names were submitted and those were rounded down to 30, and they're currently available to vote on here.
Some are cute (Aiko, Malaya), some are in honor of environmentalists (Suzuki, Jacques) and some are boring (Anahi, Cian).
However: The name with (as of this writing) 73% of the votes is "Mister Splashy Pants."
"The poll is down to 30 names now, and unlike Mr. Splashy Pants, some of them very beautiful. Among them are Anahi, which means immortal in Persian, Kaimana (divine power of the ocean in Polynesian), and Shanti (peace), Suzuki (after David), Aurora (dawn) and Humphrey (?).
Voting is being extended until Dec. 7, supposedly due to popular demand (and perhaps vain hope on Greenpeace's part that their whale will get a decent name). Do your bit and save a whale's self respect. Vote now."
Hmm, someone's taking things a bit too seriously. Thank goodness for commenters:
"I think Mr. Splashy Pants is beautiful, but then again I'm not a geezer."
"Mr. Splashy Pants is really the most eye-catching, smile-inducing name you could give the whale, and it's the name most likely to increase public perception of whales."
"I would actually argue that "Mr. Splashy Pants" is a fantastic name. Yup, it's silly, but if that whale is named something "beautiful", news coverage is likely to be non-existent. However, a strange, funny name will be more likely to get coverage. You're never going to appeal to Joe SixPack by picking a name like Anahi. Many greenies take themselves WAY to seriously anyway. :)"
"You will not defeat the social networking mob. Resistance is futile"
So there you have it! Get over there and vote Mister Splashy Pants into the hearts and minds of nations everywhere!