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November 28, 2007 8:59 AM   Subscribe

Mister Splashy Pants needs your vote. Even though Mister Splashy Pants is enjoying a comfortable lead, we must continue working to get the vote out.

Oh, also, whaling is bad and Greenpeace is good.
posted by ba (40 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Whale, hello there.
posted by chrismear at 9:05 AM on November 28, 2007


Say a little prayer for Mister Splashy Pants.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:06 AM on November 28, 2007 [2 favorites]


Greenpeace IS (generally) good. It's nice to see them get some attention, as silly/awesome as this is.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:07 AM on November 28, 2007


Doesn't he already have 72% of the vote? Unless he get caught playing footsy in an airport bathroom, seems he has it locked up.
posted by R. Mutt at 9:07 AM on November 28, 2007


Finally a bandwagon I can feel good about jumping onto.
posted by yhbc at 9:08 AM on November 28, 2007


Naming a whale after the Tibetan or Zulu words for "All positive moral and ethical values in this and all possible worlds" pretty much means it's as good as dead already. You're memorializing it while trying to work in something about your compassion for threatened ethnic groups who live nowhere near whales.

Naming it "Mister Splashy Pants" means it's a living thing that you'd like to keep living. And that you're ready to treat it like any other human being. Except that it's a whale.
posted by ardgedee at 9:11 AM on November 28, 2007 [4 favorites]


Doesn't naming him violate his whale-rights or something? What if he doesn't want to be called Mr. Splashy Pants?
posted by blue_beetle at 9:11 AM on November 28, 2007


. . . while peering ahead through the horizontal vacancy between the main-top-sail and top-gallant-sail, he raised a gull-like cry in the air, There she blows! --there she blows! A hump like a snow-hill! It is . . . Mister Splashy Pants???
posted by brain_drain at 9:12 AM on November 28, 2007 [2 favorites]


yeah cos moby dick was such a classy name
posted by monkeyx-uk at 9:14 AM on November 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


+1 for Mister Splashy Pants.

And, seriously, kudos to Greenpeace for including it on the list - an unexpected and very wise move for an organization whose public image is of hectoring humourlessness (and I say that as a one-time employee).

And while we're on the subject, my favourite Greenpeace campaign story: couple years ago, one of the Greenpeace ships was bound for the North Pacific Gyre. On board was a two-man documentary crew (friends of mine, is how I know this story). Not much to do in the long evenings en route, but the ship's outfitted with a movie screen and digital projector. So the documentarians shared one of the DVDs they'd brought along: a season's worth of Flavor of Love.

Bear in mind how little exposure some of the hardcore seafaring campaigners on board have to the more transient bits of contemporary pop culture, and then imagine how assploded several of the heads on board were inside half an episode.
posted by gompa at 9:15 AM on November 28, 2007 [2 favorites]


Splashy pants.

Oh dear god, I'm going to be saying that all day now.

Splashy pants.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:18 AM on November 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oh, come on. There's no real support for "Mr. Splashy Pants", it's just a bunch of astrosurfing.
posted by cog_nate at 9:22 AM on November 28, 2007


That's MISTER Splashy-Pants to you, XQUZYPHYR
posted by ORthey at 9:22 AM on November 28, 2007


THEY SHOULD NAME THE WHALE RON PAUL
posted by flashboy at 9:23 AM on November 28, 2007 [11 favorites]


"Mister Splashy Pants" reminds me uncomfortably of a malady I've had for the last week that's keep me anxiously aware of the location the closest toilet.
posted by pax digita at 9:23 AM on November 28, 2007 [3 favorites]


OR THEY SHOULD NAME RON PAUL MISTER SPLASHY PANTS. ONE OF THE TWO.
posted by flashboy at 9:24 AM on November 28, 2007 [5 favorites]


Thank god these names weren't user submitted, 'cause the front-runners would be Ayn, L. Ron, and RonPaul2008.
posted by Ian A.T. at 9:26 AM on November 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


Damn it, now I look like I was ripping off Flashman. Okay, replace RonPaul2008 with [some lame Stephen Colbert reference that all the nerds would vote for].
posted by Ian A.T. at 9:29 AM on November 28, 2007


If they actually let Mr. Splashy Pants win and give him that name instead of pussying out like the National Zoo did with Butterstick "Tai Shan," I might actually send the hippies some money.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:33 AM on November 28, 2007 [3 favorites]


What, no "Fudgie the Whale"?
posted by Evangeline at 9:37 AM on November 28, 2007 [2 favorites]


I would vote for Ron Paul if he changed his name to Mr Splashy Pants.
posted by empath at 9:47 AM on November 28, 2007


XQUZYPHYR knows of what he speaks.
posted by butterstick at 9:48 AM on November 28, 2007


Whale conversation decoded
posted by homunculus at 10:39 AM on November 28, 2007


Doesn't naming him violate his whale-rights or something? What if he doesn't want to be called Mr. Splashy Pants?

Well, he has no standing to sue, so I guess he's just going to have to live with it.
posted by homunculus at 10:41 AM on November 28, 2007


I can't believe people are choosing SquareSplashyPants over 'Divine Power of the Ocean'. Name them Divine Power of the Ocean and no whalers will dare approach.

DON'T FORGET TO SEND THEM THE MEMO WITH THE MEANING OF THE NAME.
posted by ersatz at 10:44 AM on November 28, 2007


This thread is a WHALE of a good time!
posted by Laen at 10:45 AM on November 28, 2007


Well hello Mr. Splashy Pants..
posted by jockc at 11:17 AM on November 28, 2007


This will end whale...
posted by motty at 11:30 AM on November 28, 2007


Whale conversation decoded

It's another one of those "ah blah ess pan yoll" sounds.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:42 AM on November 28, 2007


Did you splash your pants, or are you just glad to see me? Or both, I guess.
posted by bovious at 12:41 PM on November 28, 2007


When I was in elementary school, 4th grade I think, one of the young TA's had been to Japan, and so we had some lessons on Japan and Japanese culture. We all got Japanese names to use during class. I don't remember what mine was, but my best friend got the name Moki. Of course, we all called him Moki Dick for a long time afterwards.
posted by Eekacat at 12:47 PM on November 28, 2007


What is Mr. Chuckletrousers' position on whaling?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 12:52 PM on November 28, 2007


"They call me MISTER Splashy Pants."
posted by katillathehun at 2:42 PM on November 28, 2007


With pants this splashy, they call you Mister.
posted by arto at 3:43 PM on November 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's OK guys, I'm here.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 5:24 PM on November 28, 2007 [1 favorite]




Oh, don't forget to buy your official campaign merchandise.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:08 PM on December 10, 2007








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