This story made me smile.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation held a contest last month to name eight new snowplows. 122,435 Minnesotans voted in the Name a Snowplow contest, which the organizers narrowed down to 50 top vote-getters. Each ballot allowed up to eight submissions.
After the voting concluded, the eight names receiving the most votes were announced winners. Here are the 50 top names and the votes they received:
“Abolish ICE” apparently just missed the cut. Good. I am particularly pleased that four names honoring Minnesota Twins baseball greats are in the top 50: Road Carew (Rod Carew), Joe Plower (Joe Mauer), Justin Moresnow (Justin Moreau) and Kent Brrr-bek (Kent Hrbek).
The top 8 winners in order and their assigned plow location were:
- Plowy McPlowFace – Metro District
- Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya – District 4
- Duck Duck Orange Truck – District 1
- Plow Bunyan – District 2
- Snowbi Wan Kenobi – District 6
- F. Salt Fitzgerald – District 7
- Darth Blader – District 3
- The Truck Formerly Known As Plow – District 8
God Bless America!
UPDATE: I figured out the ethics link to this story. It’s here, in the 2016 post where I agreed with the decision of Great Britain’s National Environmental Research Council to reject the winning name in its contest to name its$300 million research vessel. I analogized its much-condemned move to the Republican Party’s obligation, in my view, to refuse to nominate Donald Trump as its Presidential candidate. The rejected name was, you may recall, “Boaty McBoatface.“