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A legacy that never dies: 'Plowy McPlowFace' wins snowplow naming contest

Thursday, March 4th 2021, 2:28 pm - A meme for the ages.

Unsplash - snowplow File photo, not of Plowy. Courtesy: Unsplash.

The votes have been cast, all 122,000 of them, and Plowy McPlowFace has reigned supreme in a Minnesota snowplow naming contest.

In February, the state's department of transportation short-listed 50 names following 22,000 submissions from residents and the eight names receiving the most votes were just announced.

McPlowFace will service the Metro District which is home to Minneapolis and St. Paul, the state's two largest cities.

The other finalists, in order of votes, include:

  • Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya
  • Duck Duck Orange Truck
  • Plow Bunyan
  • Snowbi Wan Kenobi
  • F. Salt Fitzgerald
  • Darth Blader
  • The Truck Formerly Known As Plow


As you may recall, this isn't the first time a name of this ilk has popped up.

The trend started in 2016, serving as a cautionary tale to organizations on the perils of letting the internet decide your fate.

The British government was looking to name its $287 million polar research ship and appealed to the public for help.

R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface was a clear front-runner but officials had put a clause into the rules, allowing them to have the final say.

They decided on the R.R.S. David Attenborough, but they did name one of the ship's remotely controlled submersibles Boaty McBoatface.

And that little submersible has made some incredible discoveries, travelling through mountainous underwater valleys and measuring the temperature, saltiness, and turbulence of the water at the bottom of the ocean.

Boaty is providing researchers with unprecedented data on how climate change occurs in remote waters suggesting that in times of trouble or uncertainty, we can always count on the McFaces to come through.

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