It’s not the first time an internet naming competition or poll has gone horribly wrong.
Who can forget Mountain Dew’s “Dub the Dew” campaign, a fun marketing ploy infamously hijacked by 4Chan users? Or that time in 2012 when Taylor Swift was nominated to perform a live concert… at none other than the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?
Earlier this week, NASA requested messages from the public to beam up to Space using the hashtag #MessageToVoyager. Can you guess where this one’s headed? Yes, the internet decided – once again – to have some fun.
Suggested messages, including “you up?” and “send nudes,” quickly flooded Twitter.
You travelled 139 AU and all you got was this lousy tweet #MessageToVoyager
— Stefano Stocca (@stoc911) August 2, 2017
Things got political, hilarious, and a little bit weird.
— Eliza Heistand (@ElizaHeistand) August 7, 2017
— Lauren G (@AoiTrinity) August 8, 2017
Dear Aliens, we're sorry about Donald Trump. Most of us aren't that stupid. Please don't destroy us. Sincerely, Humanity #MessageToVoyager
— Deadman Writing (@writingunit12) August 4, 2017
— Justin Hudes (@hudattack) August 6, 2017
#MessageToVoyager "Send nudes"
— LeToast (@LeVraiToast) August 11, 2017
— Sharon M (@whoharps) August 9, 2017
— Maggie The Awesome (@brainofmaggie) August 8, 2017
Food-based dares were made.
Do you think you could eat 300 chicken nuggets in 2 hours? What about 3 hours? #MessageToVoyager
— Mike Hernandez (@hm_hernandez) August 8, 2017
And plenty of requests were given.
— Andy (@AndyEnvinyatare) August 8, 2017
— Aleena Luisier (@aleenaluisier) August 8, 2017
— Xander Star (@XanderStar) August 8, 2017
#MessageToVoyager please don't do that 1st Star Trek movie. Wait for Khan.
— Steve in Manhattan (@blogenfreude) August 8, 2017
While open calls and internet submissions of the past may not have received the most appropriate suggestions, one thing’s for sure: If NASA wanted the celebration of the 40 year anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1 to go viral, they certainly succeeded.
NASA is developing quite the online presence. Just yesterday, Alexa Halford answered Tumblr’s most burning questions about the upcoming eclipse.
What message did you submit to be beamed up into space? If you missed the deadline, what’s the funniest #MessageToVoyager submission you’ve seen? ‘You up?’ definitely makes our list.
From space movies to the latest end of the world theory, we’d love to chat. ?✨