Stephen Colbert may or may not have a room at the international space station named after him. That is now up to the ladies at NASA. But one thing is for sure, people should stop having contests for naming stuff. Dude’s just going to bulldoze it. From the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA’s online contest to name a new room at the international space station went awry. Comedian Stephen Colbert won.
The name ”Colbert” beat out NASA’s four suggested options in the space agency’s effort to have the public help name the addition. The new room will be launched later this year.
NASA’s mistake was allowing write-ins. Colbert urged viewers of his Comedy Central show, ”The Colbert Report,” to write in his name. And they complied, with 230,539 votes. That clobbered Serenity, one of the NASA choices, by more than 40,000 votes. Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast by the time the contest ended Friday.
NASA reserves the right to choose an appropriate name. Agency spokesman John Yembrick said NASA will decide in April, but will give top vote-getters ”the most consideration.”
Serenity? That was a legitimate name that adults who are space scientists suggested? Yuck. That’s either the cheesiest, most seriously-we’re-still-naming-shit-Serenity-you-hippies? type suggestion OR it’s a nerd-face reference to the canceled Joss Whedon series, and either way, BOO, NASA. I can’t believe my write-in candidate, Space Jam Room Inspired By The Movie Space Jam, didn’t win. (I can believe that my write-in candidate, Space Jam Room Inspired by the Movie Space Jam, didn’t win.)