Well, this idea backfired.
When the Natural Environment Research Council asked the Internet for help naming its new research vessel I'm sure they figured they would get some real interesting and humorous options but I bet they didn't guess that Boaty McBoatface would gain the traction it has. I don't believe the NERC is beholden to the name should it win the majority of the votes but I laugh nonetheless because just the thought of a research vessel on the high seas with that name is, well, quite frickin' awesome.
What makes this story better? The man who originally suggested the name has "profusely" apologized to NERC.
Another name worthy of mentioning: Clifford the Big Red Boat