Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Editorial: Short Takes Pays Tribute to the Blues and the Latest Addition to Britain's Seafaring Majesty

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Editorial: Short Takes Pays Tribute to the Blues and the Latest Addition to Britain's Seafaring Majesty

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This nation once ruled the world (Thumbs up)

It will be recalled with respect and reverence that Britannia once ruled the waves with ships of proud and regal stature like Indomitable and Formidable, Zealous and Dreadnought. Admiral Lord Nelson defeated the Spanish Armada at the Battle of Trafalgar aboard his flagship, the H.M.S. Victory.

And let's not forget the fearless and mighty Boaty McBoatface.

Britain's National Environment Research Council had decided that its new $287 million polar research vessel should carry a name chosen by the people. An online contest was decreed. A loyal subject offered a name worthy of the realm's well-earned place in seafaring history. And the masses, bursting with laughter, overwhelmingly approved.

Alas, those in power correctly decided that a fleet that included a Boaty McBoatface in its roster would never again be taken seriously by the seafaring world. So the Research Council reneged and declared the ship will be named R.R.S. David Attenborough, to honor the broadcaster and naturalist.

A worldwide McBoatface uproar ensued. Members of Parliament demanded answers this week. Professor Duncan Wingham, speaking for the council, told MPs, "We could make the claim that, because of that, there are hundreds of thousands of people, not only in the U.K. but around the world, who know about us and the science that we have done. ... In addition, it has put a smile on everyone's face."

As a consolation prize, one of the Attenborough's remote submarines will be dubbed the Boaty McBoatface.

Wingham nailed it. Go ahead, just try to say the name out loud and not smile.

St. Louis paints Dallas blue (Thumbs up)

It took 15 years and two dramatic seven-game rounds of hockey for the St. Louis Blues to advance to the Western Conference finals, and fans are giddy with excitement. They should be.

Each of the past two rounds, against the vaunted rival Chicago Blackhawks and the top-seeded Dallas Stars, offered the rollercoaster of emotions that hardcore hockey fans are used to by now. Too often, those rides have ended badly. Not this time.

We can think of no better 49th anniversary present than bringing home Lord Stanley's cup for the first time in franchise history to the most loyal fans in hockey.

Red, white and Bud (Thumbs up)

This America's for you. Doesn't have quite the same ring, does it? But that's what fans of the hometown brew will be ordering up the next few months, as Anheuser-Busch InBev unveiled plans this week for a summer marketing campaign that will involve swapping out the tried-and-true Budweiser label for a spiffier America tag on cans and bottles.

After all, what's more American than mom, apple pie and a can of Bud? Er, make that a can of America, please.

A park which will live in infamy (Thumbs down)

New Yorkers are very proud of the fact that the longest-serving president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, hailed from their great state. …

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