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The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is The US Fish and Wildlife Service. They get the award for the following.

People calling a federal phone number to order duck stamps are instead greeted by a phone-sex line, due to a printing error the government says would be too expensive to correct.

The carrier card for the duck stamp transposes two numbers, so instead of listing 1-800-782-6724, it lists 1-800-872-6724. The first number spells out 1-800-STAMP24, while the second number spells out 1-800-TRAMP24.

People calling that second number are welcomed by "Intimate Connections" and enticed by a husky female voice to "talk only to the girls that turn you on," for $1.99 a minute.

Duck stamps, which cost $15 a piece, are required to hunt migratory waterfowl. The government uses nearly all the revenue to purchase waterfowl habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. In 2006-2007, the latest figures available, duck stamp purchases brought in nearly $22 million.

This year's stamps, which feature a pair of northern pintail ducks, went on sale July 1 and are good through June 30 of next year. The error will not be corrected until next year's duck stamps.

The Fish and Wildlife Service which administers the program, printed about 3.5 million duck stamps attached to cards with the wrong number. An agency spokeswoman, Rachel Levin, said it would cost $300,000 to reprint them.

Who knew stamp collecting could be so 'exciting'.

Our tax dollars at work, don't you just love it. I name The US Fish and Wildlife Service today's Knucklehead of the Day.


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Comments (6)

Proofread, proofread, proof... (Below threshold)
JoeC:

Proofread, proofread, proofread. Isn't that taught in basic English classes anymore? Hand your materials to the person across the aisle and have them proofread your work. ESPECIALLY in advertising campaigns and marketing materials where spelling errors or simple transpositions can make you a laughingstock.

Good grief...Note, h... (Below threshold)
tyree:

Good grief...
Note, however, that even non-hunters can help to expand sensitive waterfowl habitats by buying duck stamps.

hehe.. that's twice in the ... (Below threshold)
Mark S.:

hehe.. that's twice in the week that sex-lines have been put on Public documents.. UCF did the same thing where they mistyped a single number at the end of their conference call number, so instead of hearing the coach, they got a sexline instead..

Are they sure the printing ... (Below threshold)
Master Shake:

Are they sure the printing error wasn't the word "duck"?

Damn hunters going after po... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Damn hunters going after poor Donald and Daffy.

Quacked me up!... (Below threshold)
Prairie:

Quacked me up!




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