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+ - Oops: Colbert wins space station name contest 2

Submitted by mknewman
mknewman (557587) writes "NASA's online contest to name a new room at the international space station went awry. Comedian Stephen Colbert won.

The name "Colbert" beat out NASA's four suggested options in the space agency's effort to have the public help name the addition. The new room will be launched later this year.

NASA's mistake was allowing write-ins. Colbert urged viewers of his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report" to write in his name. And they complied, with 230,539 votes. That clobbered Serenity, one of the NASA choices, by more than 40,000 votes. Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast by the time the contest ended Friday."
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Oops: Colbert wins space station name contest

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  • It's not mentioned in the article, but what brought this all up in the first place was the fact that "Xenu" was winning the write-in vote before he asked viewers on his show to write in his own name instead. Xenu is the galactic overlord from Scientology myth. Colbert asked his viewers to write in his own name, and the following day he had already passed Xenu on the write-ins. The show that evening, he declared himself the new galactic overlord.
    • by meerling (1487879)
      Absolutely valid point.
      Besides, that NASA options were really bog standard boring ones.

      Wouldn't want Scientologists getting the upper hand on anything.
      Remember, L.Ron Hubbard was quoted as saying "If you really want to get rich, found your own religion.".
      A few years later he did just that...

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