Monday, 20 June 2016

Bee McBeeface and Beeyoncé win internet poll to name university's bees

Date: June 14, 2016
Source: KTH The Royal Institute of Technology

A Swedish university conducted a web poll to name the queens of the campus' two new honey bee hives, and the results were perhaps not so surprising: "Bee McBeeface" and "Beeyoncé" were the winning names.

Bee McBeeface and Beeyoncé are the names the internet has chosen for the queens of two honey bee colonies that were recently introduced to the Stockholm campus of KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Like the participants in the online poll that voted to christen a British polar research vessel Boaty McBoatface, the majority of participants in this poll showed a clear preference for the silly names over more earnest nominations -- some of which paid homage to women who broke through gender barriers at KTH and in Sweden.

While the British Antarctic Survey ultimately overturned Boaty McBoatface's victory, KTH accepted the voice of the people without hesitation. "The vote was fair and open, and a solid majority favored these names," says KTH's Environmental Coordinator Lina Häckner. "We received more than 10,000 votes; Bee McBeeface won 69 percent of the votes, and Beeyoncé got 16 percent."

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