Public road gritter naming contest winner will make wordplay enthusiasts proud


Has there ever been a public naming contest not taken over by ridiculous wordplay?

Oldham Council, a government organization for the UK borough of Oldham, recently put out a call on Twitter for the public to name their new road gritter, a truck meant for salting and sanding streets.

And the public did not disappoint. The name chosen for the vehicle? Nicole Saltslinger.

Oldham Council shared the winning name with a slow reveal, aided by vehicles Gritney Spears and Gritterbug.

The name Nicole Saltslinger was submitted by 10-year-old Eve, who of course attended the gritter’s unveiling. Under the competition rules, only “children who live in Oldham or attend Oldham Primary School” could enter. Read more…

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Local authority instantly regrets asking public to name new gritter


LONDON — If there’s one thing that whole Boaty McBoatface saga taught us, it’s that the public can never, ever be trusted.

Some people clearly haven’t learned, though.

We want you to name our new gritter, so send us your suggestions by 5pm on 30 Nov

— Oldham Council (@OldhamCouncil) November 23, 2016

Yep. On Wednesday night, Oldham Council tweeted a picture of their brand new, bright yellow gritter. They wanted the public to help them come up with a name for it. Read more…

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