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Yup, Sydneysiders have officially named their newest ferry “Ferry McFerryface”

The “Mcface” meme is a particularly potent strain.

It follows the general rule that if you ask the internet to choose something for you, you are gonna have a bad time.

Sydneysiders have officially chosen “Ferry McFerryface” as the name of the newest ferry in a fleet of inner harbour vessels.

But it was also a case of the OG name “Boaty McBoatface”, once again getting the short end of the stick.

Students of meme history will recall that Boaty won the competition that started at all in the U.K. but got shafted in favour of the much more sensible “RRS Sir David Attenborough.”

To be fair, Attenborough is an absolute legend and they still gave the name “Boaty” to one of the smaller research vessels so it’s not so bad.

In Sydney, Boaty won again but Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance told ABC News he didn’t want a double up.

“Given Boaty was already taken by another vessel, we’ve gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders,” he said.

“Ferry McFerryface will be the harbour’s newest icon, and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike.”

“This one is for the kids,” he added, failing to realise that the “kids” are probably hipster millennials eating avo toast in Surry Hills.

Young “adults”, mate.

According to ABC News, the Sydney Name Your Ferry competition raked in more than 15,000 suggestions. Along with Ferry McFerryface, three others have already been picked by voters.

They are “Victor Chang” (heart surgeon), “Fred Hollows” (ophthalmologist) and “Catherine Hamlin” (obstetrician).

The McFace meme really has legs.

Since inception, it has been popped up on a train, a school, a horse, and a gorilla (OK, that last one was fake news).

On Twitter, the reaction to FerryMcFerryface has been a little mixed with some seeing it as harmless fun and others feeling it is symptomatic of a widening idiocracy.

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