01/07/2005: Who says that geographers (demographers?) don't have a sense of humor....
According to the Associated Press (via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Census Bureau records are now referring to Bevis Lake, in Washington State, as "Butthead Lake".
Someone in the Census Bureau may be watching a little too much MTV.The question that will be nagging me for a while is, WTF is the Census Bureau concerned with lake names? After all, it's not like there are very many people living in the lake that they have to count.
Bevis Lake, a 5.7-acre body of water in a forested area about 25 miles northeast of Seattle, is now appearing in Bureau records with a different name: Butthead Lake.
Someone at the Census Bureau must have gotten bored and made a joke out of naming the lake, said Ken Brown, a land surveyor with the state Department of Natural Resources.
"It's got to be," he said.
It's not unusual for small lakes in out-of-the-way places to have different names because of variations in county, state or other official records, but there are no such indications in this case, Brown said.
"That means someone is playing a joke, I think," Brown said.
Len on 01.07.05 @ 07:30 PM CST