Bunny, Surprise & Ide: Russians favor ridiculous names for new super weapons

DAILY SABAH
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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow, Russia, March 1, 2018. (EPA Photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow, Russia, March 1, 2018. (EPA Photo)

The final stage of the voting for the names of the newest Russian weapons commenced Tuesday, the Russian defense ministry announced.

The participants of the vote proved yet again that public polls for such occasions are not the best idea, reminding many of the "Boaty McBoatface" situation in the U.K.

The defense ministry offered Russians the option to choose names for a new combat laser system, a nuclear-powered underwater drone and a nuclear-powered cruise missile, which allegedly cannot be intercepted.

"Bunny" with almost 25 percent of the votes was leading in the polls for the naming of the combat laser system. "Beam" was a little behind with 20 percent.

Most of the voters, 33 percent to be exact, want the nuclear-powered underwater drone to be named "Ide," which most likely refers to an old viral video of a fisherman being extremely happy over catching "the fish of his dreams" — an ide.

Meanwhile, Russian street slang word "Nezhdanchik," which means "surprise," was by far the most preferred name for the new cruise missile — at almost 32 percent.

The voting will continue until Friday, March 16.

On March 1, President Vladimir Putin unveiled the newest generation Russian-made weapons during his annual state-of-the-nation address.

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