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Doncaster’s Name For Their New Plows Are Even Better Than Boatie McBoatFace

FYI, This is what happens when you let the internet handle things. 

In Boaty McBoatface-fashion, Doncaster Council left it up to the residents of South Yorkshire to come up with names for two road gritters, Daily Mail reports. And just as the British public came up with the name “Boaty McBoatface” when asked to name a polar research ship (it went on to be called “Sir David Attenborough” but remains Boaty McBoatface in our hearts), residents of South Yorkshire came up with names will leave you rolling, including Spready Mercury, Basil Salty, Grit Van Dyke, True Grit, Rule Grittania, Salt Disney and Gritney Houston. 

The top 16 names were compiled into a Twitter poll on the Doncaster Council Twitter page with the hashtag #DoncasterGrittingWorldCup. These names were then narrowed down to Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney, Spready Mercury, Basil Salty, and David Plowie.

And what were the two *brilliant* names chosen? Drum roll please…

Yep, that’s right. Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney and David Plowie. Daily Mail reports that Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney beat Spready Mercury with 53 percent while David Plowie beat Basil Salty with 58 percent. 

And if this whole ordeal couldn’t get any more ridiculous(ly awesome), Daily Mail reports that the council broadcasted a live draw on its Twitter page using numbered ping pong balls for the vote.

I didn’t know that this was the type of news I needed in my life, but I truly did. 

Amanda graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor's degree in both Communications and Public Relations. She also proudly served as the Editor in Chief of her college's Her Campus chapter, and as a Her Campus Editorial Intern. She is from Chicago, Illinois, which she can confirm is indeed a windy city. Today she can still be found furiously tapping away at her laptop keys and producing content for the internet. In her spare time she enjoys reading books (before watching their Netflix or movie adaptions), running for fun (yes, it can be fun) and spending time with her friends and family.
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