The search for the face of the new £50 pound note is almost over but the result isn't what people were hoping for.
On Friday the Bank of England announced that a British scientist will adorn the new note but the public will decide which scientist will receive this honour.
Explore the world of science from the A of astronomy to the Z of zoology. Nominate the scientist you would like to… https://t.co/ljk23MmAFk— Bank of England (@Bank of England) 1541150175
Over the next six weeks, people can offer suggestions for who should be on the note on the bank's website but elsewhere people are disappointed about this decision.
A viral campaign started by Twitter prankster Johnny Sharples to get Leicester City and England footballer Harry Maguire, riding an inflatable unicorn on the note had gathered thousands of signatures thanks to an online petition.
Bank of England: Harry Maguire Riding An Inflatable Unicorn for the face of the New £50 Note - Sign the Petition!… https://t.co/plHQnwFVv4— Jonny Sharples (@Jonny Sharples) 1539621098
The news that the petition had been rejected wasn't greeted with elation, especially from Sharples and those that had backed the campaign.
@JonnyGabriel @bankofengland If they want a scientist, what about John Tickle walking on custard? Harry Maguire wit… https://t.co/XUPN38tSKa— Conor Bennett (@Conor Bennett) 1541153110
With this disappointment beginning to settle in people then started to suggest scientists who they thought would be appropriate and there were plenty of jokes.
Done. No more suggestions needed. #50poundnote https://t.co/g1JBY4KARs— Daniel Benneworth-Gray (@Daniel Benneworth-Gray) 1541159111
There were some serious suggestions with Stephen Hawking being a clear favourite, at the time of writing.
I'd like to see Stephen Hawking on the £50 note. He made invaluable contributions over half a century to our unders… https://t.co/fHN6HwbyCY— Brian Cox (@Brian Cox) 1541153579
Stephen Hawking https://t.co/2E1wZXYPfC #ThinkScience #50poundnote https://t.co/HQXuD3bPAp— The Royal Society (@The Royal Society) 1541153391
Jacob Rees-Mogg did suggest that Margaret Thatcher's background in chemistry should make her eligible, prompting a hilarious response.
@Jacob_Rees_Mogg You lost, get over it. https://t.co/0gdyFuJPDw— Jonny Sharples (@Jonny Sharples) 1541166246