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Sex or stamp?

September 5, 2008 - Per Peterson
Being an outdoor enthusiast has never been this much fun. Thanks to what is being called a typographical error, anyone calling a number to place an order for federal duck stamps are being greeted, not by a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service operator, but instead by a husky-voiced female enticing callers to “talk only to the girls that turn you on.” 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 something called ‘‘Intimate Connections.’’ And here’s the kicker, the Freudian faux pas will not be corrected. A spokeswoman for The Fish and Wildlife Service says it would cost $300,000 for reprints. ‘‘That’s a lot of money we can be using for wildlife conservation,” Rachel Levin said. “With all of the needs for conservation, it doesn’t make sense to divert money away from an important cause.’’ For those people who like to dial by letter, the card does include the proper 1-800-STAMP24. ‘‘As best we know, it was a typographical error that was not caught,’’ Levin said, stressing that the stamps are still valid. The agency first learned of the mistake a few days ago, when a duck stamp owner informed them about the glitch. Levin said the agency has not received any complaints. Well, duh. There are plenty of hunters I know who would not only get a kick out of stumbling upon this error, but would probably run up a pretty hefty phone bill to boot. Yes, I’m making light of the news. Why? Because it’s pretty damn funny, that’s why. If you can’t joke about something like this, then you can’t joke about anything.


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