Batman's trusted Butler, Alfred, once told him that "some men just want to watch the world burn." In the digital age, while some use this technology for good purposes, others are able to inflict carnage from the comfort of their computer screens. This a lesson that countless companies, marketing agencies, and even countries learned the hard way by taking polls on the Internet. Over the Internet's storied 25-year history, there has been several a survey hijacked by the web in truly incredible ways. You could almost say that poll trolling has become as much of a time-honored internet tradition as celebrity hacking at this point.
If the marketing geniuses behind the following 21 online poll fails actually honored their end of the deal, Justin Bieber would be stuck in North Korea, there would be a Canadian girl named “Cthulhu All-Spark," and a $287-million-dollar polar research ship would be named "Boaty McBoatface." If Ghandi were still alive today, he'd probably look at the results of all of these hijacked internet polls and say, "Be the change internet trolls want to see in the world."
New Zealand Let's The Internet Redesign Their FlagPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
New Zealand naively decided to let the Internet redesign their nation's flag and the internet did not disappoint. Sadly, for the rest of the world, poor "Te Pepe" did not make the final cut.19921Is this funny?
Whatever Floats Your CrapsiclePhoto: flickr / CC0
B.C. Ferries' Internet contest quickly got sunk by trolls back in 2015 with a poll to name their new ferries. Even though the contest offered a $500 winner, "The Floating Crapsicle" was the undisputed winner.18015Is this funny?
Rick Astley Wins "Best Musical Act Ever"Photo: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
Rick Astley and his 1987 symphonic masterpiece, "Never Gonna Give You Up" officially became the "Best Musical Act Ever" with over 100 million online votes for the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards. Astley defeated the Beatles and U2 to earn this dubious distinction.16613Is this funny?
Never Say Never (To North Korea)Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
4Chan hijacked a 2010 online poll asking Justin Bieber fans what country should be the destination for his next tour. The contest was shut down after North Korea quickly took a commanding lead.14412Is this funny?